The German automaker and the French-Japanese group are expanding their global cooperation to include commercial vans made in Japan as the manufacturers continue to identify new projects together.
The manufacturers have gradually added projects to their three-year-old cooperation, which was originally focused on Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler’s Smart city cars and Mercedes-Benz delivery vans. Last year, the companies agreed to jointly develop a four-cylinder gasoline engine and to license Mercedes transmissions for Nissan’s Infiniti luxury brand to be made in Mexico.
“We will continue to seek out new projects together that make sense for all partners,” Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said at a news conference during the International Auto Show in Frankfurt.
“There’s no limit to the cooperation, there’s no taboo,” Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer at both Renault and Nissan, said at the event.
Renault’s alliance partner Nissan Motor Corp. will supply Daimler with the NV350 Urvan to be sold under its Mitsubishi Fuso brand in selected export markets, according to a statement issued by the companies.
The two partners will also look into a possible cooperation in the large van segment even as talks haven’t started yet, Zetsche said. A Daimler contract to rebadge the Mercedes Sprinter for Volkswagen AG will cease at the end of 2016, Daimler said last week. The decision to end production for Volkswagen was independent of any possible cooperation with Renault-Nissan, Zetsche said.