Daim­ler, Re­nault-Nis­san al­liance deep­ens

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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.

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