Renault Nissan and Daimler reached a new milestone today as they come together to set up a new plant. The two auto majors had formed a pact two years ago and have been closely associated since then. Today, the duo have just broken ground for a new plant in Decherd, Tennessee from where they will be producing four cylinder engines for both Mercedes Benz and Infiniti, production of which should commence from 2014 and is expected to create about 400 jobs.
The plant will have a capacity of 250,000 engines per year and the 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder engines for Mercedes Benz which is seen in its C250 are likely to be built at the plant. These fuel efficient engines offer 21 miles per gallon in city limits while about 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
In the future more engines will be added which will include three and four cylinder engines which Mercedes Benz will use in their vehicles besides six cylinder engines for Infiniti. Nissan has its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, south of Nashville while they have manufacturing unit at Smyrna, southeast of Nashville. Decherd is about 80 miles southeast of Nashville.The future is all about platform sharing.