The announcement follows by one day the opening of an Infiniti and Mercedes engine factory in Decherd, Tenn., which began producing 2-liter engines for the Infiniti Q50 and Mercedes C class.
Ghosn says that engines for the new compact vehicles will come from a combination of sources, including the United States and outside of the NAFTA region. But he says that not all of the project’s details have been finalized.
Nissan and Daimler began working together on vehicles and technologies in 2010, and the relationship continues to expand. This year, Daimler will launch production of jointly developed new-generation Smart two- and four-seat vehicles, with Nissan partner Renault receiving its own version of the platform as the Twingo.