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Renault-Nissan and Daimler to make more pickup trucks together

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG will expand their five-year strategic cooperation in the pickup truck segment.

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Nissan and Daimler will jointly develop a 1-ton pickup for Mercedes-Benz, which recently announced its entry into this market. The Mercedes-Benz pickup will share some of the architecture with the Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of Mercedes customers, according to Nissan.

The vehicle will have all the distinctive characteristics and features of a Mercedes-Benz product. The pickup will feature a double cab and will be designed to appeal to personal-use and commercial customers. The primary markets for the Mercedes truck are Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

Nissan and Renault are already developing a 1-ton pickup truck for Renault, which will also share common architecture with the Nissan NP300. The truck, which will have a distinctive Renault design, will be Renault's first 1-ton pickup truck.

Production of the Renault pickup will begin in 2016 at Nissan's plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The one-ton pickup will mark Renault's second entry into the pickup segment after the introduction of a half-ton pickup later this year.

The Mercedes-Benz 1-ton pickup will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and the Renault 1-ton truck, for Latin America. The three trucks will also be built in the Nissan plant in Barcelona for other markets, excluding North America. Production of the trucks at the two plants will start by the end of 2020.

The Barcelona plant will produce about 120,000 vehicles annually for the three partners, while the Cordoba plant will produce nearly 70,000 vehicles a year.

With an investment of $600 million (72.1 billion yen), Nissan will build pickup trucks in Renault's industrial complex in Cordoba on a dedicated pickup assembly line. Along with Nissan's new truck, the new line also will produce the 1-ton pickup trucks for Renault and Mercedes-Benz.

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