Update #1 August-26-2009 01:55 PDT:
In a phone conversation this afternoon with PickupTrucks.com, Nissan spokesperson Fred Standish says "We're looking at all options for the Titan and are committed to staying in the [light-duty] market."
Standish says Nissan expects to continue manufacturing the Titan at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. for the foreseeable future. Production had been expected to end there by the end of 2010 to make way for Nissan's upcoming line of light commercial vehicles.
Nissan and Chrysler have released a statement announcing the end of three cooperative programs, including a deal that would have seen Chrysler manufacturing the next-generation Nissan Titan half-ton pickup off the current Dodge Ram 1500 platform.
The statement reads:
"Nissan and Chrysler today announced a mutual agreement to end three OEM vehicle-supply projects announced last year.
For the past several months, teams from both companies have been studying the viability of the projects in light of significant changes in business conditions since the projects were announced in January and April of 2008.
Today, it was decided it was in the best interests of both companies to end the projects.
The projects had involved:
1. Nissan providing to Chrysler a compact sedan for the South American market beginning this year.
2. Nissan providing to Chrysler a small vehicle for global markets beginning in 2010.
3. Chrysler providing to Nissan a full-size pickup truck starting in 2011.
A separate agreement involving the supply of transmissions from Nissan affiliate JATCO to Chrysler remains unchanged. That agreement has been in effect since 2004."
At the New York Auto Show in April, Nissan told PickupTrucks.com that with or without Chrysler the company is committed to the Nissan Titan.