MUNICH -- Daimler's executive board will approve in two weeks production of a Mercedes-Benz compact sedan and its CLA coupe-styled four-door compact at a Nissan plant in Mexico, a German press report said.
Daimler will set up production capacity at Nissan's factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Manager Magazin reported Sunday, citing unnamed company executives.
Earlier reports had said that Daimler would build the GLA crossover in Aguascalientes as part of a joint venture with Nissan. But Daimler executives told Manager Magazin that the company plans to build the next-generation CLA and a new A-class sedan variant at the factory.
Analysts at International Strategy & Investment (ISI) expect Nissan and Mercedes to run joint production in Aguascalientes to export to the United States starting in 2017. Production will include a compact Infiniti model based on Mercedes's front-wheel drive architecture.
Annual output is expected to be between 100,000 and 150,000 premium vehicles, ISI said in a note today.