Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche gave some insight at the Geneva Motor Show on future models to come out of the company’s relationship with Nissan.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is “most likely” going to provide the platform for an Infiniti compact hatch, as well. Design for the Infiniti, however, will differ greatly from the Mercedes version.
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A three-door A-Class is still up the air, as Zetsche notes “We did not plan a three-door because the other variants look to have a better business case and profitability. But that does not exclude the possibility of a three-door for the future”.
What has been let go is the idea of a luxury sedan for Mercedes based on the aluminum body technology used on the SL, and will likely use the technology to develop lighter body parts to save weight on steel-bodies models.
Production changes will be taking place as well, according to Zetsche, who notes that Mercedes motors will be built in Tennessee at Nissan’s factory, and that there is a possibility that Mercedes may opt to build the A-Class in the U.S.
“If we want to get the capacity we need this decade, then we don’t have enough right now,” he said. “And further capacity won’t be added in Germany, but where we would install remains to be seen.”
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