Daimler and Renault-Nissan Expand Scope of Collaboration
PARIS, September 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance partner on fuel-efficient engines and
Original projects remain on track as partnership expands globally
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance 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 a significant improvement in
fuel economy as well as low emissions.
The companies expect to jointly manufacture the new engines. They will debut in
Daimler and Renault and Nissan vehicles in 2016.
In the new transmission project Daimler grants Nissan a license to manufacture
automatic transmissions using Daimler’s latest transmission technology for 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”
“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
Ghosn and Zetsche confirmed that all of the original “pillar projects” announced in
2010 have been accomplished or are on track. The companies are also moving forward with
discussions 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
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SOURCE Renault-Nissan Alliance