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Nissan to Sell Chrysler Truck - So What About the Armada?

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With today's announcement from Auburn Hills and Tokyo that Chrysler and Nissan would trade product for product, the speculation on more deals between the automakers grew louder.

Earlier this year, the two automakers outlined the basics of the deal, which had Nissan producing a compact car for Chrysler to sell in South American markets. That car was to be based on the Versa compact on sale already in the U.S.

But as times change, so do plans -- and today's word from Chrysler and Nissan is that in addition to the original pact, Nissan would also supply Chrysler with a "fuel-efficient small car based on a unique Chrysler concept and design." This car will also be sold in North America, the duo added. Bloomberg also reports that car is due in 2010.

So what is it? Nissan has long sold an older version of its Sentra in Mexico and could rebadge that car for Chrysler to also sell in Mexico, but there seems to be some harmony building for a compact car that could replace the Caliber/PT Cruiser/Jeep Patriot and Compass range as well as the next Sentra/Rogue/Versa trio. But the key detail here was that the new Chrysler car would be built by Nissan in its Oppama, Japan factory -- which could make it a smaller entry distinct from the Sentra lineup entirely. Possibly a coupe, a production version of the Urge concept car? Most likely, as Chrysler seemed to hint at in an afternoon conference call, is a car spun from the next Nissan March compact due in two years' time.

At the other end of the deal, it seems Nissan's days building full-size trucks in Mississippi are coming to a close. Nissan will receive a version of the Dodge Ram to sell in the U.S. starting in 2011. That vehicle will be built in Chrysler's Saltillo, Mexico plant, leaving Nissan's factory in Canton, Miss., free to build commercial vehicles as the Japanese automaker said it would last week.

Left unmentioned is Nissan's Armada full-size sport-utility vehicle, based on the Titan pickup. Nissan had previously said it would move the Infiniti QX56 production back to Japan, but hasn't said a word on the fate of the Armada. With slow sales and a big seven-passenger crossover coming next year, it's possible the Armada name will simply die, along with Nissan's vision of taking on Chrysler, Ford and GM in the full-size truck market.

And left completely in the open -- is Chrysler the American partner that Nissan's been looking to add to its global alliance with Renault?

Tell us what you think - and what you know about the Armada's future and the upcoming Chrysler-badged Nissan.
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Comments (10)
  1. Drive a 5.6L Endurance and be a believer.
     
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  2. A Nissan-produced small car would be a great improvement over the Daimler plan of badging Chinese cars as Dodges. Not that with proper controls, the Chinese car could not have been competitive, but look what the Chinese did with toothpaste and kids toys.
     
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  3. I think it would help Chrysler out.
     
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  4. That'd be too bad if the Armada died. In the realm of full-size SUVs, it's one of the sportier choices, if such can be said for such a large vehicle. Any blending of these two companies is only going to improve Chrysler's lineup at the expense of Nissan's. Looking across the portfolio, there's not a single Chrysler that bests the comparable Nissan. I'd even prefer the Xterra to the Wrangler for off-road duties. Chrysler has nothing going for it these days (sub-standard quality, horrible interiors, and even their once-excellent exterior designs are falling short). This is a good deal for Chrysler, but what is Nissan thinking???
     
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  5. I think that Chrysler really gets the better end of this deal, for the most part. Nissan benefits slightly because they don't have to have the factory to build the truck and can focus on their new found love of commercial trucks.

    Now the Nissan 5.6L V8 is one hell of an engine, and I wonder if they will still put that engine in the Chrysler sourced truck??? It's a shame if they don't.....
     
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  6. This is a perfect fit for Renault-Nissan ONLY if they take control of Chrysler. Anything less is a loss for Nissan. They have a good product, no reason to dive into the Mopar bin.
     
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  7. Just perfect. As if the failed Titan and Armada were not enough huge stones hung on Nissan's collective neck, they are looking for MORE?

    Instead of focusing at the HIGH MPG Vehicles the people NEED AND WANT, in this 10-year low auto market in the US in 2008?

    Imbeciles part XViii?
     
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  8. This is a DARK DAY for Titan owners. We waited patiently for Nissan to build a full-size truck. We sat idle while Toyota and Honda embarressed the pro-jap consumers with the toys they called full size trucks. Then when we finally get the Titan, fall in love, and develop what could have been the domination of the full size truck market, they rip it out from under our feet. What the heck does Nissan think they will gain by switching us to Dodge (the lowest quality truck on the market). The answer is simple. LOSS OF NISSAN CUSTOMERS. I and many that walk the same path will eventually say the same thing. THIS IS A DARK DAY. I may only be one. But Nissan lost me today!!!
     
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  9. Want a smalll truck go to Nissan. Want a real truck go to dodge. How could quality get worse than a failed Titan? Talk to dodge owners qualityn is good
     
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  10. Hope Armadas future and the upcoming Chrysler-badged Nissan will be good.
     
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