Nissan And Mercedes-Benz Collaborate For A Joint Engine Deal
Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have revealed their intentions to collaborate in the future through sharing of the Mercedes A-Class platform and engines. This comes in the light of an effort to save cash on engineering and manufacturing resources. A major part of the collaboration idea has been put on paper with the two companies announcing a joint engine deal.
According to the deal, Nissan will manufacture high-end four-cylinder engines at the Decherd, Tennessee facility. Come 2014 and this same engine will eventually be placed under the hood of Mercedes and Infiniti models. The engines will be manufactured at a maximum capacity of 250,000 units per year.
Both manufacturers are significantly pleased with the outcome of the collaboration effort. According to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, the tie-up is the company’s most significant project outside of Europe so far. At the same time, Daimler Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche also shares the same sentiments, stating that this cooperation will help Mercedes achieve its expansion goals, and that the company will strive to make the most out of the engine agreement.