The companies will be splitting the $1.4-billion cost in half and the new manufacturing plant will be built adjacent to Nissan’s existing plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Both automakers will manufacture vehicles at the new plant based on a shared platform and an estimated 300,000 units will leave the plant annually. In addition, the new plant will add an estimated 5,700 jobs once it hits full production in 2021.
“The Infiniti and Mercedes vehicle will share production and manufacturing but the cars will retain their own independent designs and unique look and feel,” said the two automakers in a statement. “The goal is to increase economies of scale while also maximizing the brand distinctions of the two iconic marques.”
Specific models being built at the new plant were not disclosed, but it will likely be the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class along with the new entry-level Infiniti model previewed in the Q30 concept. The first model to be produced will sport an Infiniti badge in 2017 with Mercedes following in 2018.
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