Renault-Nissan expand partnership with Daimler by signing deal for powertrains
The pact was signed at the recently held Paris motor Show. The new range of 1.3 petrol engines developed by Daimler will be fuel efficient and reliable as compared to others. New automatic transmissions will be manufactured in Mexico. The production of Nissan’s Infiniti model will be further boosted with inclusion of the front wheel drive platform from Mercedes.
Through this year, jointly developed vehicles like the A class and Mercedes Citan Van have taken to the roads and under the 2010 partnership, cars like the Renault Twingo and Mercedes A class and Smart have been launched. All this being said the chiefs of these brands have decided to opt for this partnership as the benefits are a billion and not a million in number.
Auto news release: Renault-Nissan and Daimler expand scope of collaboration
Renault-Nissan and Daimler partner on fuel-efficient engines and transmissions
Original projects remain on track as partnership expands globally
PARIS, France — The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler are collaborating on two new projects to accelerate development of fuel-efficient powertrains.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed the new projects Friday in an annual media update about the Franco-Japanese-German partnership.
The new engine project is a jointly developed 4-cylinder gasoline engine family co-led by Renault and Daimler. The direct-injection turbocharged engine will feature state-of-the-art technology in a compact package. It targets low emissions as well as a significant improvement in fuel economy.
The companies expect to jointly manufacture the new engines. They will debut in Daimler and Renault and Nissan vehicles in 2016.
The new transmission project will be led by Daimler, which is licensing the technology to Nissan for use in Nissan and Infiniti vehicles starting in 2016.
Nissan subsidiary Jatco is planning to manufacture these newly licensed gearboxes in Mexico. The new transmission will feature “start and stop” and “park and shift by wire” technologies.
“These new components demonstrate how broadly and rapidly our collaboration is proliferating – while all the time remaining rooted in specific projects that give tangible benefits to our customers,” Ghosn said. “The relationship is expanding organically and logically.”
“The collaboration achieved a milestone this year, with the first vehicles and engines from the partnership now on the roads,” Zetsche said. “Furthermore, all our engineers are keeping an open mind, looking with fresh eyes at all potential new areas of collaboration.”
Ghosn and Zetsche confirmed that all the original “pillar projects” announced in 2010 have been accomplished or are on track. The companies are also moving forward with advanced research on fuel-cell vehicle powertrains, and they are working on a cross-supply program for battery and powertrain components of zero-emission versions of their small cars.