Joint Daimler, Renault-Nissan Plant in Mexico Begins Construction

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

A manufacturing plant in Mexico jointly owned by Daimler and Renault-Nissan will begin construction imminently, according to Daimler.

The facility, which will be located in Aguascalientes — about 150 northeast of Guadalajara and 300 miles northwest of Mexico City — will build “compact premium vehicles” for the automakers, which may include the Mercedes-Benz CLA/GLA and the upcoming Infiniti Q30/QX30 that share similar front-wheel drive architectures.

Nissan is expected to produce vehicles from the plant for 2017, and Mercedes vehicles will roll of the lines in 2018.

According to Daimler, the plant will have an initial capacity of 230,000 vehicles in the first year, with the ability to expand later. The plant would roughly rival the size of Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant, which produced 185,000 cars in 2013, 245,000 cars in 2014 and is expected to make 300,000 cars this year.

The plant will be Mercedes’ first compact car-making plant in the NAFTA region, located near Nissan’s A2 plant, also in Aguascalientes.

The joint manufacturing facility is the latest development in an increasingly cozy relationship between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. In addition to the compact pact, the automakers will share a similar platform for the Renault Twingo and upcoming Smart cars.

The joint plant is owned equally by Daimler and Renault-Nissan.

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  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on Jul 28, 2015

    Renault/Nissan and M-B are already sleeping together. The 2016 smart ForTwo is a sort of a joint venture. As for me, I'm not yet ready to gamble on Mexican build quality yet. Sadly, this crosses the Mazda3 hatch and the Fiesta ST off my list.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 29, 2015

      @Charliej "It is how the cars are designed that mostly affect quality." DSM.

  • Wmba Wmba on Jul 28, 2015

    "which may include the Mercedes-Benz CLA/GLA and the upcoming Infiniti Q30/QX30 that share similar front-wheel drive architectures." Similar? They're the same matey. Only the sheet-metal and interior are different. "May include"? What else are they going to make? Infiniti already make Q50's with the Mercedes 2.0t engine and flog them outside North America to a chorus of no enthusiasm whatsoever from the press.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 29, 2015

    This all reads a little too DSM for my tastes. It's easier getting into Hot Waters than getting out.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Jul 29, 2015

    If you're in enough trouble to "partner" with Daimler... they'll give you the business. Sad that Nissan/Renault are so desperate that they are willing to ignore what has hapoened to others in the same situation.