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Nissan and Daimler to produce M-B four-cylinder engines

Nissan and Daimler have agreed a deal that will see the two OEMs produce Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder gasoline engines together at Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

According to the agreement, production will begin in 2014, with installed capacity of 250,000 units per year once full ramp–up is achieved. The Decherd facility will produce engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models. The move is being seen as an attempt to enhance Infiniti’s competitive levels in markets that focus on fuel-efficient engines, such as Europe, as well as further aid Mercedes-Benz’s growth plan in the USA.

“This is the newest milestone in our pragmatic collaboration and our most significant project outside of Europe so far,” said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. “Localized capacity reduces exposure to foreign exchange rates while rapidly enabling a good business development in North America – a win-win for the Alliance and Daimler.”

The collaboration marks the first production of Mercedes-Benz engines in the North America Free Trade region. The Tennessee plant’s strategic location and logistics links ensure a direct supply of engines starting in 2014 for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, built at Daimler’s vehicle plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“In the context of our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, we have decided that we will expand the production capacities required for this close to the customers. Through the strategic extension of our cooperation with Renault-Nissan we can realize near-market engine production in the NAFTA region on attractive economic terms and make optimum use of synergies arising from the cooperation,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Daimler Board of management and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Thus we are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in this important growth market.”

Nissan began powertrain assembly in Decherd in 1997. Today it manufactures four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines for the complete lineup of US-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. The plant also houses crankshaft forging and cylinder block casting operations. In 2011, Decherd produced more than 580,000 engines.

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance launched their strategic collaboration in April 2010, which included an equity exchange that gives the Renault-Nissan Alliance a 3.1% stake in Daimler, and Daimler a combined 3.1% interest in Renault and Nissan.

The collaboration began with three project pillars: joint Smart/Twingo architecture, which is on track for launch in the early first quarter of 2014; an all-new entry-level city van project for Mercedes-Benz, which is on schedule with expected launch in late 2012; and powertrain cross-supply, with the Alliance supplying Daimler with compact three-cylinder gasoline engines to be used in Smart and Twingo vehicles and four-cylinder diesel engines to be used in the jointly developed light commercial vehicle and in Mercedes-Benz’s next generation of premium compact cars. In return, Daimler will supply Nissan and Infiniti with four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines from the current and future engine portfolio as well as with automatic transmissions.

25 January 2012


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