Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan group has announced the formation of a strategic alliance to build trucks in Argentina. The partnership is based on the new generation of the Frontier platform to create unique vans for each manufacturer. The models will be built at Renault’s plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba, which will receive an investment of $ 600 million and will have a production capacity of 70,000 units annually.
For Mercedes, the truck will have a position in the segment of luxury and not as a commercial vehicle. The visual follow the scheme of the published project, which follows the lines of the latest releases of the company. “It Entering the midsize SUV segment is an important step to continue our path of global growth. Thanks to our partnership with Renault-Nissan, who are able to dramatically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche of Mercedes Benz.
Renault model, called Raptur, be less sophisticated than its German partner, but no less technology. Inside sources say that one of the concerns of the mark is to guarantee a sporty lines of the truck and bet big on modernity and comfort in the cabin – reasoning quite natural considering new ways that the segment is taking . “Technology is the difference,” says comments at the meeting of release. An estimated capacity of the models will be around 1,030 kg of payload and 5.32 meters long.
The Nissan Frontier is the mother of this partnership project and lends itself to provide all the know-how acquired over decades producing Nissan trucks. Therefore, chassis, suspension system, 4 × 4 transmission, motor, gears, it will come through Japanese company. Completely renovated last year, the new model Nissan Frontier is already on sale in Asia and Mexico, being produced locally in the two regions
According to Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan group all the markets of South America, the Caribbean and the central part of the continent will be supplied from this factory. To supply the European and Asian markets, the factory in Barcelona, Spain, which will have capacity to produce three models at an annual rate of 120,000 units will be used.