Daimler, Renault-Nissan alliance deepens
THE strategic partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG is maturing as it enters its seventh year in 2016, the companies’ leaders said last week in their annual media update during the Paris International Motor Show.
When the Daimler-Alliance partnership was launched in April 2010, the scope of the original collaboration was limited to three projects, primarily in Europe. Since then, the combined portfolio shared between the partners is growing in all fields (products, engines and cross-supplying) in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Major milestones of the past year include the all-new smart and the Renault Twingo electric vehicles that were built on a common platform by Daimler and the Alliance.
Nissan and Daimler also broke ground on the new Aguascalientes plant in Mexico in 2015, which will produce Nissan’s next-generation premium compact Infiniti models as well as Mercedes-Benz hatches, starting in 2018. Next month will see MercedesBenz provide further insights into the new Merc bakkie, based on Nissan’s new Navara, which is designed to be sold in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America.
The Nissan Decherd plant in Tennessee, U.S. is also being expanded to meet local demand as well as export more engines to Mercedes-Benz plant in East London, as well as machined components to Germany.