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Production capacity of the four-cylinder engines will reach 250,000 a year at full ramp-up, the companies said.
The project is the latest between Daimler and the alliance of Nissan and Renault SA
It also marks the first production of Mercedes-Benz engines in North America, where the German automaker is looking to build a stronger manufacturing footprint. The engines will power the luxury brand's C-Class cars built at Daimler's Alabama plant.
Nissan's Decherd, Tennessee plant makes four, six and eight-cylinder engines for U.S.-produced Nissan and Infiniti models, and built more than 580,000 engines last year.
(Reporting by Laurence Frost and Chang-Ran Kim. Editing by Jane Merriman)