Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have announced a maturing of their relationship with news the new Mercedes-Benz ute will be built in Nissan factories.

NISSAN AND RENAULT FACTORIES will produce the new Mercedes-Benz ute which will be detailed later this month. According to a joint press statement which covered off on partnerships on electric vehicles and joint production facilities.

“The partnership between Daimler and the Alliance has grown and matured”, said Carlos Ghosn, Alliance Chairman and CEO. “It is based on a spirit of cooperation and trust that has strengthened over the years. The results have clearly benefitted both partners. By sharing development and production costs, we have been able to enter new segments and offer our customers more compelling vehicles with the latest technology and features at more competitive prices.”

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, added: “Over the last seven years we’ve established a partnership that extends from parts to platforms, from co-development to co-production and from cars to commercial vehicles. And we did so in project-oriented, diverse teams that share competences across continents. They are driven by the best ideas – may they originate in Paris, Stuttgart, or Yokohama. So, our future cooperation continues to hold great promise.”

But of most interest, potentially, to Australians and ute buyers, in particular, is the news that Mercedes-Benz will detail the look, strategy and markets for its new ute later this month. And, that the ute will be built in Renault and Nissan factories.

“The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300. It will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The vehicle will have all of Mercedes-Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features.

“Production of the Mercedes-Benz pickup truck will take place at the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, and at Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain, where the Nissan NP300 Frontier and the Renault Alaskan will also be produced. In October, Mercedes-Benz will provide further insights into the new pickup truck’s design, strategy and markets,” Mercedes-Benz said in a statement.


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