published Sunday, January 8th, 2012, updated Jan. 8th, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.

Decherd, Tenn., plant will make Mercedes-Benz engines

BERLIN — Daimler AG and Nissan say they plan to produce Mercedes-Benz gasoline engines together at Nissan's Decherd, Tenn., plant.

Daimler and Renault-Nissan said Sunday that production of the four-cylinder engines is set to begin in 2014. Engines from the factory will be used in Mercedes-Benz and Nissan Infiniti cars.

The two companies in April 2010 launched a part-sharing and small car alliance.

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the latest development is “our most significant project outside of Europe so far.” He noted that “localized capacity reduces exposure to foreign exchange rates.”

The plan is for engines from Decherd to be used in Mercedes C-Class sedans that will be built at Daimler’s Tuscaloosa, Ala., plant.

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