The carmakers signed a memorandum of
understanding last month to create the venture, according to the
person, who asked not to be named because the plans are
Sources told Reuters last week that an outline deal between the
companies would see Nissan build the next-generation Mercedes
GLA offroader and all-new Infiniti cars at its Aguascalientes
plant northeast of Guadalajara.
Neither carmaker would confirm the Mexico production plan.
Mercedes, Nissan and alliance partner Renault <RENA.PA> have
shared engines, plants and vehicle architectures for small cars
and vans since Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Renault-Nissan
boss Carlos Ghosn announced a broad-based partnership in 2010,
underpinned by token reciprocal shareholdings.
Nissan announced plans in 2012 to build a first Infiniti model
based on the current Mercedes compact car architecture.
Production is due to start in Sunderland, northeast England next
(Additional reporting by Edward
Taylor; editing by Jane Barrett and Mark Potter)
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