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Dramatic Auto Industry Change Opens Opportunities for Renault-Nissan-Daimler Alliance, CEOs Agree

Three makers partnering on connected, autonomous and electrified automobiles.

by on Sep.30, 2016

Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche, left, and Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn agree that new opportunities are coming.

The automotive world is at the vanguard of “more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the past 20,” suggested Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, during a Paris Motor Show news conference.

Some of the most significant changes will involve connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as the push towards electrified powertrains, said Dieter Zetsche, chairman and CEO of Daimler AG, which seven years ago formed its own partnership with Renault-Nissan. Automakers can also add the growing interest in ride- and car-sharing to the growth areas.

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“We are not afraid of these changes,” added Ghosn. “We seem them as opportunities.” But they also make cooperation among traditional rivals all the more important because “No automaker can go it alone in this environment.” (more…)

Nissan Fires Up New Mexican Plant

$2 billion project could soon have a partner in Mercedes.

by on Nov.12, 2013

Nissan flipped the switch on at its Aguascalientes Plant in Mexico. The Sentra is one of many products it will export from the facility.

Nissan has officially switched on its sprawling new assembly plant in the Mexican industrial center of Aguascalientes, a facility that will become a major part of the maker’s planned growth both in Mexico and the rest of the booming Americas.

The new plant is the result of a $2 billion investment by Nissan that it calls the most advanced assembly operation it now operates anywhere in the world. But the project is actually just partially complete. Even as the first saleable car rolls off the line at Aguascaliente today, Nissan appears to have big plans for the future. And that could include the addition of a partner at the complex.

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Though a reported announcement failed to materialize during the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, insiders confirm that Nissan is working up final details that would have its alliance partner Mercedes-Benz assemble some of its own luxury vehicles on the Aguascaliente campus – a move that would require a significant expansion of the still-new factory. (more…)

Daimler, Nissan Will Jointly Build Luxury Vehicles Together in Mexico

Focus will be on entry-lux models Mercedes GLA and Infiniti Q30, sources report.

by on Sep.05, 2013

Daimler and Nissan plan to share a plant in Mexico to increase production volume in the Americas.

Confirming a report that first appeared on last year, sources confirm that Daimler AG and Nissan Motor Co. have approved plans to jointly produce luxury vehicles at a new facility the Japanese maker is soon to open in central Mexico.

Specific details of the plan are expected to be outlined at a media briefing Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche will host during the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.  The two executives have spearheaded a fast-growing alliance that now covers a range of component and vehicle design and manufacturing partnerships.

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Some specifics remain uncertain, but the focus of the effort is expected to be based off the new NGCC, or New Generation Compact Car, architecture developed by Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand and used on such products as the new A-Class and the new CLA model that will debut in the U.S. later this year. At least initially, the joint production effort will focus on another small Mercedes model, the all-new GLA, as well as the Infiniti Q30. (more…)

Honda Latest to Add Plant in Mexico

South of the Border becomes the new direction for the auto industry.

by on Mar.29, 2012

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, (center right) during groundbreaking ceremonies in Mexico.

Honda de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. has begun construction of a new plant in Central Mexico – making the Japanese maker just the latest to take advantage of Mexico’s low wages and strategic location.

The new plant will begin operation in 2014 with production of the Honda Fit subcompact model, said Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda’s announcement comes barely two months after Nissan revealed plans for a massive, $2 billion assembly complex in Aguas Calientes, in Central Mexico – with Mercedes-Benz also considering construction of a new plant not far from the Nissan site.

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With this new facility in Mexico, Honda continues to advance its commitment to invest in and grow its operations in North America, Ito said. With growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, the new plant will increase Honda’s ability to meet customer needs for subcompact vehicles from within North America.