NEW YORK -- Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says global partner Daimler AG has plenty of options for sourcing the Mercedes-Benz pickup it is planning to introduce by 2020.
And they may or may not include a Nissan factory.
“I don’t want anybody to think that because they announced a pickup truck, they have to make it with us. Not at all,” Ghosn said Thursday, speaking with reporters during the New York auto show. “They are completely free to do it by themselves, to do it with somebody else, etc., and also, or to do it with us.”
Mercedes plans to target pickup sales in European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets.
Ghosn declined to say whether Nissan and Daimler are discussing the possibility of building the Mercedes pickup at a Nissan assembly plant.
Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche have a growing list of projects the companies are jointly working on, ranging from vehicle development, small-car sourcing, joint-venture factories in Tennessee and Mexico, and many projects the two have not yet disclosed.
Ghosn said that all future projects are “on the table” between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to consider executing in partnership.
“Dieter announced that Daimler is going to go into the pickup truck. Good. That’s it. There’s no more information,” Ghosn added, dismissing press speculation about a possible Nissan role.
“Is this something that can eventually be on the table? I told you, everything is on the table between us.