The world's rumor mill churned last week over a French magazine report that Nissan's Infiniti brand will get a "small SUV" for the United States built off a Mercedes-Benz platform.
The model, called the DX and falling below Infiniti's current FX and EX crossovers, would share Daimler's next-generation Mercedes-Benz A- and B-class platform, according to an unsourced report originated by l'Automobile Magazine.
Simon Sproule, global spokesman for the Renault-Nissan alliance in Paris, told Automotive News the DX scenario is "pure speculation." But he conceded that "the potential for other things is there" in the new partnership between Renault-Nissan and Daimler.
That partnership, unveiled April 7, already has promised a four-cylinder Mercedes engine for the Infiniti G37, a commonly developed Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo, and the sharing of diesel and gasoline engines in Europe. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told reporters at that time that many more opportunities are under discussion with Daimler and would be revealed in the future.
But Sproule, dismissing discussion of a DX, said the partnership would focus first on its initial short list of projects.