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Upcoming Mercedes-Benz pickup developed with Renault-Nissan

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Daimler last week revealed plans to build a one-ton pickup truck by 2020, and today the German manufacturer announced an expanded cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop this vehicle.

While sharing part of its architecture with the new Nissan NP300, the Mercedes-Benz pickup will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers.

Production will take place at the Renault assembly plant in Cordoba, Argentina, and at the Nissan assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain. The double-cab model will then target customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America.

“Mercedes-Benz is the fastest growing premium brand in the world,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Entering the rapidly growing segment of midsize pickups is an important step in continuing our global growth path. Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment.”