Mercedes-Benz CLA Front

Daimler, Renault-Nissan confirm partnership for next gen compact vehicles

July 29, 2015

Successors and Infiniti’s derivations of the A-Class, CLA Class and GLA Class could be made here.

Daimler and Renault Nissan have released additional details on their joint manufacturing venture labelled COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes). The alliance has significantly expanded in the five years of collaboration resulting in a manufacturing joint venture in Aguascalientes in central Mexico.

Infiniti Q30 front three quarters left

The Q30 is Infiniti’s first product in partnership with Daimler. The high-riding hatchback is based on the Mercedes A-Class platform.

The new entity COMPAS will be jointly owned by Daimler and Nissan on an 50:50 basis, with the companies set to invest a total of US $ 1 billion. COMPAS will oversee the construction and operation of the manufacturing plant which will produce the next generation premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.

Engineers from both the alliance members will collaborate closely at every stage of the product creation. However it is stated that the Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti vehicles will clearly differ from each other, with the design, driving characteristics and specifications of the vehicles being brand specific.

Production is set to begin for the Infiniti models in 2017, while 2018 will see the start of production for Mercedes Benz models. The companies have not disclosed which models they intend to build, but they could be the successors and derivatives of the A-Class, CLA and GLA.

Mercedes CLA Class side view

One report said Mercedes would build a conventional 3-box saloon in Mexico to compete with the Audi A3 sedan and the upcoming FWD BMW 1 Series sedan.

The new plant will be located near the Nissan Aguascalientes A2 plant, and will have an annual production capacity of 230,000 units. The plant will be capable to add additional production capability depending on market conditions.

The new venture is set to create 3,600 direct jobs by 2020, and will be led by an international team from Daimler and Nissan. Ryoji Kurosawa, Chief Executive Officer, COMPAS stated “COMPAS is an outstanding example of the global reach of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler cooperation.”

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