Will Make Full Size Light Duty Truck for Nissan
By: Mike Levine Posted:
04-14-08 14:10 PT
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#5: 04-16-08 12:50 PT
VP of communications, Frederique Le Greves, has provided a few
more bits of news to PickupTruck.com about Nissan's next generation
light duty pickup.
decisions have been made yet about changing the truck's name.
Internally it is being referred to as the, "next-generation
Titan," says Ms. Le Greves.
is still planning to build the Armada full size SUV after 2011
at its Canton, MS plant, where it's built alongside
the Nissan Titan today.
next generation Armada is not coming before a few years. But
Armada production will continue in Canton alongside the [future]
light commercial vehicles," says Ms. Le Greves.
Le Greves notes Titan production will end at Canton
in December 2010 and will start at Chrysler's plant in Saltillo,
Mexico in January 2011.
Nissan's intent to offer multiple engine choices in the new truck.
Some motors may be sourced from Chrysler and shared with the
fact that we are partnering with Chrysler on Titan will help
us to offer a bigger range of engine choices to our customers,
but we have not decided yet which engines we will take from Chrysler,"
says Ms. Le Greves.
only offers a 5.6-Liter V8 engine in the Titan today.
would also like access to Chrysler's new two mode
hybrid powertrain that will be available in the Dodge Ram starting
hope that we can look at that (as part of Chrysler's engine offerings),
says Ms. Le Greves.
two-mode hybrid system was developed through a four-way partnership
among BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, and General Motors. It will also
be available in GM's full size pickups starting in the fourth
quarter of 2008.
additional information about the Chrysler-Nissan tie-up, check
out Autoblog and
#4: 04-15-08 05:07 PT
Clarion Ledger offers further insight into what Nissan is
thinking about its new manufacturing partnership with Chrysler.
Thomann, Nissan North America senior vice president for administration
and finance, says although it's likely the half-ton will be
based on a Dodge frame, Nissan will design the pickup. Some styling,
performance and other key Titan elements will be retained, though
Mr. Thomann said he didn't know if the name would be kept.
#3: 04-14-08 17:19 PT
word from either Chrysler or Nissan whether the new Nissan truck
will share the same coil-spring rear suspension that will debut
in the 2009
Dodge Ram 1500.
#2: 04-14-08 15:45 PT
LLC President Tom LaSorda says powertrain options for the new
truck will be discussed at a later date. Nissan will take the
lead on an announcement at that time.
#1: 04-14-08 15:03 PT
conference call has just concluded. Nissan execs say the new truck
will be a replacement for the current Titan half-ton pickup.
that Chrysler will build a full size light duty truck for Nissan
by 2011. The pickup will have a "unique Nissan design". Word
of such an alliance first came to light in December 2007.
press release says the new truck will be built in Mexico at Chrysler's
Saltillo plant, where Dodge currently builds its three-quarter and
one-ton pickups and commercial
will move some portion of its HD Ram production to its St Louis and
Warren, Michigan truck assembly plants to make way for the new Nissan
current product mix is:
Dodge Ram 2500/3500
Quad Cab and Regular Cab, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Dodge Ram 3500 Chassis
Cab, DX Chassis Cab (Mexico Market), Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Box-off, Dodge
Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab, Sterling Bullet Class 4/5 Chassis Cab (for
Sterling Truck, a subsidiary of Freightliner).
North's current product mix is:
Dodge Ram Standard and Quad Cab Pickup (Models 1500, 2500 Light
and Heavy Duty).
Michigan's current product mix is:
Dodge Ram 1500 Standard Cab and Quad Cab SLT/Laramie/Laramie Sport and
Dodge Dakota Standard, Club and Quad Cab pickups, Mitsubishi Raider Standard,
Club and Quad Cab pickups.
announced it would start producing three new commercial vehicles for
the US market. To do this, Nissan said it would cut production of the
Nissan Quest minivan and
Infiniti QX56 full size SUV at its Canton, Mississippi plant, where
the current Nissan Titan is built.
By the end
of 2008, the Nissan Titan will be the oldest full size truck in the
segment, with all other models having undergone major revisions or
received all new designs. A new
Titan was expected for the 2010 model year.
how this new deal leverages production economies of scale, similar
to Nissan's agreement
with Suzuki to produce the upcoming Equator midsize pickup.
Mich / TOKYO (April 14, 2008) – Chrysler
LLC and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced two new agreements
for the supply of products between both companies. In January, Nissan
agreed to supply Chrysler with a new car based on the Nissan Versa
sedan for limited distribution in South America on an Original Equipment
Manufacture (OEM) basis in 2009.
OEM exchange benefits both companies through range extension and the
utilization of global manufacturing capacity. Highlights of the new
manufacture an all-new, fuel-efficient small car based on a unique
Chrysler concept and design. This new segment entry for Chrysler will
be sold in North America, Europe and other global markets in 2010,
and manufactured at Nissan’s Oppama Plant in Japan.
will manufacture a full-size pickup for Nissan. Based on a Nissan unique
design, this truck will be manufactured at Chrysler’s
Saltillo (Mexico) Assembly Plant. In order to accommodate this product,
Chrysler will shift volume from Mexico to its U.S.-based assembly plants
that produce pickup trucks. Sales of the pickup in North America will
start in 2011.
OEM supply agreement extends a long standing product exchange relationship
between the two corporations, with Nissan affiliate JATCO already supplying
Chrysler with transmissions since 2004.
“Forging the right tactical partnerships is critical to the long-term
success of Chrysler,” said Tom LaSorda, Chrysler LLC President
and Vice Chairman. “It also builds on the Company’s inherent
strengths, including the ability to respond rapidly and creatively to
“In January, we said we would continue to look for additional
OEM opportunities with Chrysler,” said Carlos Tavares, Executive
Vice President, Nissan Motor Company. “This latest agreement builds
on Nissan’s proven track record to deliver win-win product exchanges
with multiple manufacturers around the world,” continued Tavares.
Since the signing of the first OEM agreement in January, the two companies
have also agreed to maintain an open dialogue to explore further product-sharing