Daimler, the commercial automobile maker of Germany seems to be contemplating expanding its worldwide association with the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan to produce LCVs (light commercial vehicles) for the Indian automobile market. On the inquiry of the proposed plans of extending its association with Nissan to develop LCVs in India, the Chief of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz cars Dieter Zetsche said, “The coming times will tell all about it. As everything is completely dependent on the response from the customers and the market at large, we are about to try this association at present. If the consideration for an extension will be done, India may as well be an active member of it.”
Daimler, Nissan and Renault are tied up already in a global association where they share technology embedded in the vehicles and their cost of development. The major aim of this particular contract is to focus on the electric cars and LCVs.
Nissan is already active partner of Ashok Leyland and manufacture ‘Dost’ LCV in this joint venture to sell in the Indian automobile market. In the near future Daimler intends to start exporting to the African and Middle Eastern automobile markets by the year 2012 while the major focus will be on the Indian automobile market. Nissan has plans to shift its range of Actros trucks to the new manufacturing plant in Chennai from the Pune assembly plant very soon.