The groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance joint venture plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. An amount of $1 billion is being invested in this plant from where luxury compact cars will be produced.
Called COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), the new plant will see production of Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler vehicles. Brand identity will be retained with Mercedes Benz and Infiniti vehicles clearly distinct from each other in design, specifications and character.
The new plant is located near the Nissan Aguascalientes A2 plant and will have initial capacity to produce over 230,000 units, to be increased to 300,000 units in due course. Direct job opportunities for 3,600 persons and indirect jobs to 12,000 persons are expected due to high level of localization once the plant is fully operational. Production of Infiniti cars will commence in 2017 while Mercedes Benz vehicles will enter production in 2018.
Aguascalientes, Mexico has been selected as location for the new plant due to a well established supplier base and existence of Nissan’s manufacturing base in Mexico since 1992. Nissan opened a second manufacturing plant in Aguascalientes in November 2013 while the company also has a plant in Cuernavaca.
These three plants see total production of 850,000 units making Nissan a leader in the region accounting for one in four cars sold. The Renault-Nissan Alliance operates a total of 81 manufacturing bases which include 42 vehicle plants and 39 power-train plants across 27 countries.