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Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance break ground for JV plant in Mexico

Staff writer |
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance broke ground for their joint-venture manufacturing complex, COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico.

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The plant will build next-generation premium compact vehicles for the brands Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.

COMPAS is 50:50 owned by Daimler and Nissan. The partners will invest a total of $1 billion in the joint venture, which will oversee the construction and operation of the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.

Located near the Nissan Aguascalientes A2 plant, COMPAS will have an initial annual production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles and will create about 3,600 direct jobs by 2020. Depending on the market development and customer demand, there will be the potential to add additional capacity.

Production of Infiniti vehicles will begin in 2017, while the first Mercedes-Benz vehicles will roll off the line in 2018.

In addition to the direct employment it provides, COMPAS is also expected to generate some 12,000 indirect jobs – largely due to a high localization rate which will significantly increase the Mexican supply base.

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