Infiniti Stops Joint Model Development With Daimler, Says Report

Nissan has opted against developing a number of Infiniti luxury cars with Mercedes-Benz, according to a report published by Reuters.

The company originally intended on using Daimler’s MFA2 car platform in future Infiniti models but has decided against it despite jointly funding the platform’s creation alongside Daimler.

Sources close to Infiniti claim that the company wouldn’t have been able to absorb the necessary Mercedes-Benz technology costs of using MFA2 due to its small presence in the market.

This decision could hamper production at the $1 billion factory being opened by the two companies in Aguascalientes, Mexico later this year. The brands had intended on reducing complexity and cutting production costs by using the same compact car architecture.

What’s more, Nissan had invested $306 million at its UK plant to equip it with Mercedes-Benz tooling.

Nevertheless, it is reported that the two automakers are pushing forward with construction at their joint Mexican plant where models bound for the United States will be produced. This is also despite the fact that President-elect Donald Trump is promising to apply tariffs to vehicles built in Mexico and imported into the U.S.

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  • ediotsavant

    Mercedes blood too rich for Infiniti.

  • Smart move !!!

  • Tex

    Dorky model, impractical, built by so called luxury brands. Luxury brands are primarily for status seekers. So, if you buy this thing, you just scream to the world that yours is ….smaller and cheaper. So, as the status goes out the window, the buyers will not show up. It reminds my of the Acura ZDX. Or the insistence to sell wagons. Sometimes you wonder who the heck runs these automakers.

  • BlackPegasus

    Never understood why they teamed up in the first place.

    • Mercedes needed smäller diesel engines and Nissan needed 2ltr engines for their Q50.

      Mercedes also needed a small truck/ Bakkie and Nissän offered the Navara.

      • U8INIT

        Those engines are Nissans thou

  • Server the ties, Nissan now has both Mitsubishi and Renault.

    Mercedes is now the weakest link in the chain, server them.

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