Updated: January 14, 2013 11:03 PM | By AFP

Daimler weighs compact cars for US market



German auto giant Daimler is considering building compact cars for the US market with its partner Renault-Nissan, chief Dieter Zetsche said Monday.

"There's no decision... but we are looking to areas where increases of our production in America might make sense," Zetsche told reporters on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show.

Daimler is currently examining two different approaches to expanding production in order to further grow sales here.

One is to add more rear wheel drive capacity, which the auto executive said would "obviously be a stand-alone Mercedes-Benz" project.

The other would be to add compact car production in the United States or elsewhere in North America, in which case "the likelihood for a mutual plant with Nissan would be relatively high," he said.

© 2013 AFP

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