By on June 26, 2014


Daimler and Nissan have agreed to a joint-venture that will see front-drive Infiniti and Mercedes models built at a Nissan plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Reuters is reporting that the deal is the largest between the two entities. The deal gives Infiniti a range of front-drive cars, including a sedan, coupe and SUV, based on the same architecture underpinning the Mercedes A, B, CLA and GLA-Class models.

In return, Mercedes will get a low-cost, NAFTA zone production site for these models, which tend to have lower profit margins.

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8 Comments on “Daimler, Nissan To Co-Operate On Mexican Factory...”

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    I think repairing that bodywork would be a challenging job after a fender bender.

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      I welcome anyone to pipe in about any modern car that could tackle a fender bender without costing an arm and a leg to repair.

      Reminds me of a new Challenger I saw somewhere, probabaly had a minor accident, but because of how the front ends put together the whole “face” was missing.

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        I wasn’t trying to be overly clever. Those are awfully complicated stampings that weren’t possible a decade ago. Does it all get punched out with one smash of the press or does it get hit, repositioned, and stamped again from another angle? Making that all look nice after a 5 mph/kph Costco parking lot tragedy looks like it would challenging for a skilled bodyman.

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    “which tend to have lower profit margins.”

    Derek don’t you mean higher, since Mexico labor costs vs Germany and all?

    EDIT: My bad, please disregard.

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    Kyree S. Williams

    That’s an especially cohesive design. I think Lexus and Inifniti are both starting to understand brand-design language a lot better. Now if Acura could just get with the program…

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    And I thought the CLA couldn’t get any worse…

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    Another infiniti with poor visibility and trendy lines.

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    Since the CLA is nothing but an economy FWD car wearing a fancy badge, this makes sense. They can build it next to the Nissan Versa.

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