Nissan and Chrysler Halt Plans for Dodge Ram-Based Nissan Titan

Nissan and Chrysler Halt Ram-Based Titan Effort

Nissan and Chrysler have jointly announced that they are indefinitely halting 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 is a reciprocal manufacturing agreement for Nissan to produce a small car for Chrysler by 2010.

Automotive News and The Wall Street Journal both quoted a statement issued by Nissan and Chrysler saying that, "due to the current economic conditions, Nissan and Chrysler leadership directed their teams working on the two projects to work together in the first quarter of 2009 to improve the financial objectives for both companies before the projects move further forward."

The news follows Chrysler chairman Jim Press' remarks to the media earlier today at the 2009 Chicago auto show. Press said the Nissan-Chrysler alliance was still moving forward.

The next-generation Titan would have been built at Chrysler's Saltillo, Mexico, assembly plant starting in early 2011. It's unclear what impact this decision will have on Nissan's long-term plans for the Titan. Titan production at Nissan's Canton, Miss., plant is scheduled to end in late 2010.

Comments

Is the Fiat relationship impacting some decisions?

Mike what's with this:

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/chicago-2009-2010-ford-harley-davidson-f-150/1349560/

@Scott: Whoa! I've got an e-mail into Ford to find out.

Dodge need to switch out the 5 speed Tranny and put a 6 speed in. People will come and buy...

thank you! there is no way i would have wanted a dodge drivetrain/engine between the frame rails of my titan.

aswell, all of you driving around with those bumper stickers quoting that buying imports kills american jobs should realize that dodge ram is built in mexico and all of the titan is built in mississippi.

hopefully nissan redesigns the titan themselves, maybe adds a new engine or 2 and the truck will be as competitive as it was in 2004. obviously theres huge costs involved with redesigning a vehicle that does not post huge sales numbers, but nissan as a whole does not post huge sales numbers like ford, gm or even toyota. so the titan does sell a fair amount of vehicles compared to nissans total sales. you cannot compare titan sales to f-series trucks because nissan does not offer 2500+ series models.

nissan has a great 4.0L v6 from the frontier, and it could source a smaller v8 from the infiniti fx.

titan is expensive compared to domestics, especially since all domestic trucks have huge incentives right now, but the quality of the engine/transmission in the titan is far better than anything from the big 3.

what the titan really needs is a beefed up rear axle just to confirm to people that it is as capable as it says it is, and some more work oriented basic models so it can get more sales for people that need a work truck, not a dual purpose vehicle- which hinders its sales.

i use my 08 pro4x for work and play, and it has never let me down. i've hauled 2400lbs of interloc stone with ease, its comfortable, quiet and has handling characteristics far superior to the outgoing f-series and current gm/chev trucks, and that is with offroad shocks. i havent been in a 09 f150 yet, but a redesigned titan could easily keep pace.

something to think about nissan...

Are you forgetting where nissan are from??? Japan my friend.. Yes Nissan Titian is a good Truck and so is Toyota Tundra and look where there Plant is San Ato. But still a Japan Product. Nissan has a good rear ratio it pull and works hard, but its poor in side impact for safty. That your opinon of what you like, but others like the other Big 3.. Keep on truckin...

japanese companies investing profits in north america, thus creating north american jobs sounds somewhat better than a domestic company investing profits in a foreign country, creating foreign jobs
i like gm and ford, no doubt, and they are built right here, but the big 3 cant manage a business apparently- although they aren't the only companies suffering now.
how can they expect to stay above water, when they are laying off thousands of employees who are paying into the pension funds that pay all of the retirees. yet keep knocking on the goverments door for more money, which are our tax dollars. understanding that if they do go under, it would be even more costly and devastating than it already is...i'm going to keep on trucking, but a few out there might not be for much longer

japanese companies investing profits in north america, thus creating north american jobs sounds somewhat better than a domestic company investing profits in a foreign country, creating foreign jobs
i like gm and ford, no doubt, and they are built right here, but the big 3 cant manage a business apparently- although they aren't the only companies suffering now.
how can they expect to stay above water, when they are laying off thousands of employees who are paying into the pension funds that pay all of the retirees. yet keep knocking on the goverments door for more money, which are our tax dollars. understanding that if they do go under, it would be even more costly and devastating than it already is...i'm going to keep on trucking, but a few out there might not be for much longer

Posted by: dan | March 03, 2009 at 08:32 AM

thank god i love my titan , if i wanted a dodge i would
of bought a dodge , nothing against the big 3 but i love toyotas and nissan trucks there built well look great and drive well , and they will always be seen on the, roads and highways and you know all trucks have there problems and
may not appeal to everyone but thats why we have other
companies , so stop ragging on the titan if there was no titan the big 3 never would of made there 09"s beter then there
08'S AND SO WHAT THEY ONLY SOLD 60,000 UNITS BUT NISSAN DON'T GIVE UP JUST ADVERDISE MORE, MAKE ME
PROUD MY LOYALTY IS TO NISSAN BUT ONCE YOU GO AMERICAN I GO TOYOTA and by the way this is my third nissan truck, i knew you when i had my first small nissan, diesel truck been hooked ever since great truck.



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