Automotive News reports that Brian Carolin, Nissan North America's senior vice president for sales and marketing, is confident that the next-generation Nissan Titan light-duty pickup will be built by Chrysler off the 2009 Dodge Ram half-ton platform, despite Chrysler entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy and partnering with Fiat, a rival to Nissan's European ally, Renault.
"It's a project that is beneficial to both parties and profitable for both parties," Carolin said of the Ram-based pickup program.
Last month at the New York auto show, Nissan North America vice president of product and advanced planning Larry Dominique told PickupTrucks.com that Nissan is committed to staying in the full-size truck market, even if Chrysler doesn't build the next Titan.
In February, Nissan and Chrysler jointly announced they would indefinitely halt plans for Chrysler to build the next-generation Nissan Titan half-ton pickup off the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 platform, blaming the pause on the global financial meltdown. Also similarly impacted was a reciprocal manufacturing agreement for Nissan to produce a small car for Chrysler by 2010.