Daimler and Renault-Nissan intensify their collaboration: The recently announced Mercedes pick-up is to take over in parts the architecture of the Nissan Navara. On the same basis Renault gets a medium sized pickup truck. The trio will compete against competitors such as VW Amarok, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200
The Navara, also called NP300 or Frontier, is the pick-up version of the Pathfinder off-road vehicle. He is in the fourth generation in the market. In order to meet the specific requirements of Daimler customers, the Mercedes pickup is designed and designed by the people of Stuttgart, according to a statement. The Stuttgart are aimed primarily at Latin America, South Africa and Australia, where robust pickup trucks are in demand. An introduction to Europe is also planned. In the future, the three pick-ups will be produced together in the Renault-Nissan plants in Argentina and Spain, where production is to start "before the end of the decade".
Manufacturers have been working together since 2010. Initially, the cooperation was limited to a few projects with a focus on Europe, meanwhile the joint portfolio includes 13 projects in Europe, Asia and America. Among others, they work together with Daimler on the small-car duo Smart Fortwo / Renault Twingo or on the Mercedes Citan / Renault Kangoo delivery van.
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X