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Mercedes-Benz pickup
Mercedes-Benz will launch the first pickup from a premium manufacturer

WILL life ever be the same again for property developers?

Probably not, because we’ll also be in the queue for this, the new Mercedes pickup. It will be engineered and designed by Daimler using the Nissan NP300 platform which will also underpins the new Navara 2015 model from the Japanese manufacturer that goes on sale in the UK at the end of this year.

As well as underpinning the new Mercedes pickup, the new Nissan Navara will also feature as a Renault pickup in some some markets.

As you would expect, the Mercedes pickup will have all of Mercedes-Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features.

The Mercedes pickup will feature a double cab and will be targeted both at personal-use and commercial customers. The primary target markets for the truck are Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.

Nissan and Renault are already developing a 1-ton pickup truck for Renault which will also share some common architecture with the Nissan NP300.

Nissan is the world’s second-biggest 1-ton pickup truck maker and has been building and selling 1-ton pickups for more than 80 years. Since 1933, more than 14 million Nissan 1-ton pickup trucks have been used to transport people and cargo, sometimes in the toughest circumstances. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico.

Nissan and Renault are already developing a 1-ton pickup for Renault which will also share some common architecture with the Nissan NP300. The pickup, which will have a distinctive Renault design, is Renault’s first 1-ton pickup as well.

Production of Renault’s 1-ton pickup will begin in 2016 at Nissan’s plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The 1-ton pickup will mark Renault’s second entry into the pickup segment after the launch of a half-ton pickup later this year.

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