Renault and Nissan expand their partnership including Mercedes, with which they will share gearboxes and develop compact engines.
Friday, September 28th, Daimler announced at the Paris auto show that it plans to develop with Renault a new range of fuel-efficient petrol engines and license its automatic transmissions to Nissan and its Infiniti brand.
These new joins programmes will help all three automakers cut development and production costs and the output is expected to run to more than 3 million of the four-cylinder engines, according to Renault-Nissan alliance chief Carlos Ghosn and his Daimler counterpart Dieter Zetsche.
Renault, Nissan and Daimler already have an agreement since 2010 to manufacture small cars such as the Smart, Mercedes A-Class and Renault Twingo, as well as engines, to be manufactures at Nissan’s Tennessee factory. Mercedes is already sharing its front-wheel-drive car platform with Nissan for a new Infiniti model which will hit the market in 2014.
This year the companies’ jointly produced models will hit the roads, including the Mercedes Citan van manufactured at Renault’s plant in Maubeuge with the Kangoo model and the A-Class featuring Renault engines. Renault has 44% stake in its alliance with Nissan, and Nissan owns 15% of Renault, Ghosn being the head of both companies.