It's Official: Nissan and Mercedes Partner to Build Pickup

Nissan NP300_Navara_Frontier Bancock 2014 II

After much speculation and some interesting public interviews, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have made it official, announcing they will partner on a global midsize pickup truck to be built off the Nissan Navara platform. The new truck will be built in Argentina and Spain.

This global segment is often called the "one-ton" class because the single-most important quality for these vehicles is that it can carry a metric ton of cargo, or 2,200 pounds. Vehicles such as the Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok and Mitsubishi L200, along with the Nissan Navara, fit comfortably in this category.

The new truck will be a crew cab targeting personal and commercial use, which we assume means there will be two bed-length options. Nissan and Renault revealed their new one-ton pickup last year in Bangkok and will begin production at Nissan's Cuernavaca, Mexico, plant sometime in 2016. There are no plans to build the new Mercedes-Benz pickup in Mexico, and there certainly are no plans at this time to bring the new vehicle to North America.

To read the full press release, click here.

Manufacturer image



True the Crown Victoria was a dated platform and it did not hold its value. It was extremely reliable and easy to get parts for which taxi companies and law enforcement likes along with enough room in the front to put equipment in which the Taurus police version doesn't have. Many law enforcement agencies did not buy Crown Victorias for speed but for comfort and reliability. Most law enforcement where I live have gone to Explorers with the police package or the Charger. I see few newer model Tauruses but many of the 2000-2007's. The platform was no longer shared with other Fords and Ford didn't want to expend anymore funds to update it. Also the assembly plants could be used to assemble other products. Demand for full size rear wheel drive vehicles continues to drop as the midsize cars have become the full size.

As for Mercedes they are probably making the right decision to hold off having a truck in the US market. If the midsize market grows Mercedes can always make it available for US customers.

@Jeff S
It will be then more as a "lifestyle vehicle " with Luxury fit out , but a 1200lb payload

I see to many comments that reflect to much the lack of knowledge on the US truck market, as well the global "little one ton truck market".

Avoiding to much text;

1. Global models are not overloaded 1/2 ton trucks
2. Midsize in the US does not compare to global midsize; yes, suspensions are different, differentials are different, engines are different (because markets are different, needs and requirements are different; which is better, depends on market demands).
3. Yes, as someone commented, some of the global trucks "ride like skateboards" if judged under US market standards (and the ride can get tougher, try a Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup); but in some places it is a wanted trait.
4. Midsize will always be more cramped than full size regardless of payload capacity, but on many roads in different countries a full size will never be able to turn (market needs)
5. "small turbo diesels" sure have less hp, but compared to bigger gas engines in typical US market midsize trucks (usually V6), have twice as much torque. Main purpose is to haul as much as you can from point A to B rather than reduce sprint times.
6. US trucks are more comfortable? H... yes! ( more regarded in the US market)

The discussion always becomes a question on which is better and the answer always depends on what most people want or need on each different specific environment (which sometimes means country).

Sorry, forgot:

7. Global models may have relative high payload ratings for truck size, but US truck specialty is towing; most trucks in the US exceed towing capacity compared to global models (market is different, in many parts of the world they would rather use another type of truck for bigger loads before using a trailer).

The comments to this entry are closed.