At least we know BBrockman is still with Nissan corporate.Nissan will suspend operations at its powertrain facility in Decherd, Tennessee in March 2023 “pending future product announcements,” Nissan North America spokesman Brian Brockman revealed.
The plant was opened in 2014 at a cost of $319 million at the height of Nissan and Mercedes-Benz’s engine-sharing collaboration. It has been responsible for building the Mercedes 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in various Infiniti and Mercedes models, including the GLE, Sprinter, and Metris.
On the note of Renault Samsung Motors, TIL learned it seems Samsung has sold at least some of their stake which is to be just known as Renault Korea Motors.cwerdna wrote: ↑Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:15 pm https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/hond ... ger-japan/ mentionsI haven't had time to think much about the first point but I agree w/the last.One former Nissan executive told the Financial Times the merger simply wouldn't make sense from a structural standpoint and said there'd be little to gain from such a move for either company. The person pointed to major differences in engineering, which would make it incredibly difficult to boost economies of scale by sharing parts.
In contrast, Renault, Nissan and Renault Samsung Motors share quite a bit (well, not on Leaf), just often things that weren't necessarily visible to the customer. Long ago, https://www.renaultsamsungm.com/new/main/main.jsp had many vehicles that clearly had Nissan engines (e.g. the VQ 3.5L V6). I haven't looked recently, but when I looked a few years ago, many of the interiors of cars resembled Renaults and not Nissans.
Long ago, when the 5th gen Maxima was the latest, the 4th gen was still being built in South Korea by Renault Samsung Motors and sold as their SM5 (https://web.archive.org/web/20120720054 ... e-to-savor).
...or they'd rather fire/arrest their CEO that "saved their bacon" (at one point) than change...