By on September 4, 2013
Body line at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant

Body line at Nissan’s Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant

Reuters is reporting that his sources tell him that Daimler will join Nissan in building cars at Nissan’s $2-billion Aguascalientes plant in Mexico, which will start production in late 2014. The factory will assemble compact crossovers, the Infiniti Q30 and possibly the Mercedes-Benz GLA, which will share engines and other components with the Q30.

The GLA will go on sale in the spring of 2014 in Europe and then in the U.S. in the fall of next year. Concepts of both cars are expected to be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show next week. The GLA will initially be assembled in Rastatt, Germany while the Q30, slated to go on sale in mid 2015, is expected to first be assembled at Nissan’s Sunderland facility in the UK. Both vehicles may be built in the Aguascalientes plant to supply the North American market. Assembly of Mercedes-Benz’s CLA sedan may join them later in the decade.

In 2010, Nissan, which is allied with Renault, signed an agreement with Daimler to share vehicle platforms, engines and other components. The Q30 will be the first Nissan product to share a Daimler platform. According to a Reuters source at a European supplier, both the GLA and Q30 are based on Daimler’s new small car architecture known as NGCC, for New Generation Compact Car. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA, which goes on sale this month in the U.S., and the upcoming electric version of the B-Class also use lightweight chassis components from the NGCC. The CLA is currently assembled in Hungary but M-B executives have previously said that the next generation of the compact sedan, expected as a 2018 model, could be assembled in Mexico.

Mercedes executives have said production of the CLA could shift from Hungary to Mexico when the compact sedan is redesigned in 2018.

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14 Comments on “Nissan, Daimler To Jointly Build Infinitis and Mercedes-Benzes In Mexico...”

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    Hey, I’ve got a great slogan: “Engineered like no other car in the world”.

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    “In 2010, Nissan, which is allied with Renault…”

    I think you mean OWNED by.

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    Nothing says “premium luxury” more than the Made in Mexico badge…OK, I’m a snob, I admit it…

    • 0 avatar

      BMW, Audi, and Mercedes sell stuff in the US made in 2nd/3rd world locales such as Mexico, South Africa, Hungary, Slovakia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, Mercedes has a long history of building cars all over the world. Still seems not acceptable to some brand purists. Well, my 4MATIC was built in Graz, Austria with German engine/transmission etc. At least I can take comfort that it is still within bounds of the Greater Reich.

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    You might say they’re… getting into hot water.

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    That’s a mistake. MB prided itself and sold America on the fact of German engineering and quality. They had a huge price premium. Now? It’s just a Nissan.
    Where is the brand? What does this stand for? Why should you pay extra for it? MB is too small to go head to head with the world’s large companies on a one to one basis. They’re going to have a slow dive into obscurity following Lincoln and Cadillac if they keep this up.

    • 0 avatar

      Mercedes has a global audience, Cadillac and Lincoln do not, and never will with the product they are selling. I imagine it will take a decade or two of missteps or cheapening on the part of Mercedes before the top tier of the worlds populace shuns them and they fall into a steep decline.

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    el scotto

    What could possibly go wrong? :)

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    The movement of the premiums (Audi, MB, etc.) to Mexico just helps establish Hyundai and Kia (both made in the USA) as the new premiums.
    I rather buy the latter two brands which gives jobs to Americans.
    Why buy premiums made south of the U.S. that offers employment to non-Americans?

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