TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. plans to supply Suzuki Motor Corp. with a compact pickup for sale in North America beginning in 2008.
That is part of a collaboration in which the two companies will supply each other with vehicles in Japan, North America, Europe and emerging markets.
Nissan did not specify which pickup would be rebadged as a Suzuki or whether it would be built in North America or elsewhere. Currently, Nissan's only compact pickup in North America is the Frontier, built in Smyrna, Tenn.
Despite the increased cooperation between the two automakers, Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga said his company is not interested in acquiring an equity stake in Suzuki. General Motors sold all but about 3 percent of what had been a 20 percent stake in Suzuki in November.
Suzuki plans to supply Nissan with a new subcompact car for sale mainly in Europe beginning in 2008. That car could be built in India.
In Japan, Suzuki expects to supply Nissan with another 660cc minicar for sale as a Nissan. Nissan in turn is to supply Suzuki with a minivan. Both will go on sale at the end of 2006 in Japan.
Japan's minivehicle segment climbed to over one-third of the entire market last year.
Suzuki currently supplies Nissan with two minicars for sale in Japan. Nissan also sells a rebadged Mitsubishi Motors Corp. minivehicle.
Suzuki and Nissan did not say when they would begin building vehicles for each other in emerging markets. The first, however, will be a Nissan vehicle to be built at Suzuki's plant in India.
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