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Planned Mercedes pick-up to be based on Nissan Navara

Planned Mercedes pick-up to be based on Nissan Navara image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Mercedes-Benz | posted April 08, 2015 11:55

Partnership includes a Renault pickup in the pipeline

Mercedes-Benz's upcoming pickup will share some of its architecture with the new NP300 Navara but Mercedes-Benz says it will be engineered and designed to fit the expectations of Mercedes-Benz customers. The pickup will be a double cab and Mercedes-Benz is aiming towards people who use their trucks as daily drivers and commercial use. The primary target markets will be Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

“Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path. 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.” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The Mercedes-Benz pickup will be built in Renault's plant Cordoba, Argentina for the Latin American market and the trucks for the other markets will be built in Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain. Production at the two plants will begin by the end of the decade.

Also in the works is a Renault pickup which will also share its platform with its Nissan counterpart. Like Mercedes-Benz, this will be Renault's first entry into the one ton truck segment. Production for the Renault pickup will begin in 2016 at Nissan's Mexico plant in Cuernavaca.

The partnership among the three companies began an early as April 10, 2010 and celebrates its fifth year this month. “This cooperation is one of the most productive in the auto industry, enabling all partners to increase economies of scale while keeping our brands and products distinct,” said Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. The upcoming pickups are the latest milestone in the Daimler ad Renault-Nissan Alliance.