NASHVILLE — Chrysler Group, whose new Italian partner, Fiat S.p.A., is preparing to supply Chrysler dealers with European-designed small cars, on Wednesday scrapped plans to share vehicles with Nissan Motor Co.
The decision means:
• Nissan will not supply Chrysler dealers with a small car for global markets starting next year.
• Nissan will not provide Chrysler with a Nissan Versa-based sedan to sell in South America.
• Chrysler will not build the next-generation full-sized Nissan Titan pickup starting in the 2012 model year.
“It was decided it was in the best interests of both companies to end the projects,” Chrysler and Nissan said in a joint statement.
That leaves Nissan with a bigger problem than any facing Chrysler.
Nissan will continue producing Titans at its plant in Canton, Miss., through the 2011 model year. Beyond that, Nissan now must scramble to either find a different manufacturing partner to produce the next Titan or create the truck’s next generation on an abbreviated schedule.
“We’re exploring our options,” Nissan North America spokesman Fred Standish said.