Renault and Nissan have recently hinted that their two performance divisions, Renaultsport and Nismo, could share the engines in order to cut down on production costs.
The alliance between the French based automaker Renault and the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is getting tighter and tighter by the day and the latest announcement is involving their performance divisions. According to the guys at Autocar, Renaultsport and Nismo could share the engine lineup in order to cut down on production costs and this will be reflected into the final price of the cars.
“The costs involved in powertrain development are enormous, for example, yet we have to acknowledge that the sales volumes involved in Renaultsport and Nismo are relatively modest. Because of that I’d say there is some scope for shared powertrains in the future. There’s no point in each division developing its own 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine separately, for example”, as Tom Lane, a Renault official, told Autocar in Geneva.
Our source isn’t saying what the two companies will produce and drop in order to “merge” Renaultsport and Nismo so we will have to wait for an official announcement in order to find out more. Renaultsport cars are well seen across the market while Nismo is still struggling with high costs.