Nissan and Renault plan to reduce production costs by 30% for the new versions of the Renault Clio and Nissan March by using common parts.
The common parts which Nissan and Renault plan to use for the Renault Clio and Nissan March will roll out in 2015 and will account for almost 50% of the total parts used, according to Japanese daily Nikkei. The two automakers currently plan to manufacture 3 million small vehicles annually, but they will gradually extend to other model too. The newspaper said that the two companies will soon meet to set the strategy for using the common parts.
On another matter, anonymous sources said at the beginning of this month that Nissan plans to transfer Primastar van production from Spain to France, a move aimed at helping its French alliance partner, Renault, to increase domestic output as promised to the labor unions when they agreed with the automaker’s restructuring plan. The model will be built beginning with 2014 at Renault’s Sandouville facility, together with the Trafic model and GM’s Opel Vivaro.
“The decision to pull Primastar out of Barcelona is made,” a source close to Nissan said. “It’s logical that Primastar production will be combined with other alliance commercial vehicles.”