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Chrysler and Nissan end vehicle projects

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler and Nissan today issued a joint announcement stating the two automakers have mutually agreed to end the three OEM vehicle supply projects announced last year. The projects included a Nissan compact sedan to be badged as a Chrysler for sale in the South American market this year, another small car for sale as a Chrysler product in global markets in 2010 and a Chrysler full-size pickup to replace the Nissan Titan in 2011.

With the significant changes in the automotive business that have taken place since the agreements were made, both Chrysler and Nissan have been studying the the feasibility of the plans for the past several months. Chrysler and Nissan determined today that it was in the best interests of both companies to end the projects.

A separate agreement involving the supply of transmissions from Nissan affiliate JATCO to Chrysler remains unchanged. That agreement has been in effect since 2004.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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