FRANKFURT -- Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Corp. will jointly develop a midsize pickup for Mercedes-Benz, the companies said last week.
The pickup will target commercial and private buyers and will share some underpinnings with a new Nissan NP300 truck, Daimler and Nissan said in a joint statement.
"Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment," Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.
Mercedes' U.S. sales arm is studying whether to sell a version of the proposed Mercedes pickup, Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said at the New York auto show. "It wouldn't come until, at the earliest, the '18, '19 time frame," he said.
The Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and a Renault-branded truck for Latin America. The three trucks also will be built in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain. The Barcelona plant will produce about 120,000 vehicles annually for the three partners, while the Cordoba plant will produce nearly 70,000 vehicles a year.