Chrysler/Nissan/Chery/Suzuki/Mitsubishi Inbreeding Explained
Let's recap. Chrysler builds pickup trucks for Mitsubishi. Chery is working on a U.S.-market subcompact for Chrysler. Chrysler is selling a rebadged Chery as a Dodge in Mexico. Volkswagen is selling Chrysler-built minivans in the U.S. Nissan is building small trucks for Suzuki to sell in the U.S. and Versas to be sold as Chryslers in Brazil. Chrysler has been talking with Great Wall Motors in China about something. Now, just in case all these relationships aren't confusing enough, The Detroit Free Press reports that Chrysler and Nissan announced Chrysler will build a version of the Ram pickup in Mexico for Nissan to sell in the U.S. In return, Nissan will build a North American-bound small car in Japan for Chrysler. In a way, all this makes sense, particularly the Chrysler-Nissan deals. After all, Chrysler has a well-established presence in the truck and van market while Nissan and Chery specialize in small cars. All they're doing is capitalizing on each other's strengths. However, the more Nissan and Chrysler snuggle-up together, the more it seems that Nissan is testing the waters for establishing an American partner– something Carlos Ghosn has promised, eventually. Don't be surprised if in the next few years you hear that Chrysler's building vans for Nissan or that Nissan's supplying Altima drivetrain components for the Sebring/Avenger. And when Cerberus starts the flip 'n strip with Chrysler, Nissan will be right there to pick up the pieces. You heard it here first.
Windswords on Apr 15, 2008
Domestic Hearse, Cargo management systems, cubbies, laptop-sized consoles, were pioneered by the original Ram. I'm sure by now Ford and Chevy have similar offerings. Dodge has introduced heavy duty version of the Ram in 4500 and 5500 grades. They will not get the new sheet metal of the half-ton this fall, which leads me to believe their more different from the half ton version than it would appear. Could Nissan be looking for a version of this for themselves or do they want to go with even larger trucks?
Mirko Reinhardt on Apr 15, 2008
@veefiddy windswords - I believe the Versa (Nissan) is a Megrane (Migraine?) Renault. The Versa is not related to the Megane at all. It's loosely based on an extended version of the last-generation Clio platform, like the ultra-cheap Dacia Logan. Side note: The Versa was just introduced on the European market. From the reviews I read about it, it doesn't seem to be very competitive for the price.
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