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Strategic cooperation with Daimler

Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz is one of the world’s largest luxury car manufacturers. In April 2010, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Daimler AG announced a strategic partnership based on three « pillar projects » mostly focused on Europe. Since then, the project portfolio has increased to 13 major projects on three continents.

For Nissan and Daimler

  • Productions of Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder gasoline engines at Nissan’s new powertrain assembly facility in Decherd, Tennessee, for Infiniti and Mercedes vehicles.
  • Supply of the DAIMLER 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine, coupled with a 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual gearbox for the Q50, Infiniti’s new flagship sedan.
  • Cross supply of Mercedes Canter – Nissan Atlas trucks in Japan.
  • Development of Q30 and QX30, Infiniti’s new compact vehicles using components from Daimler’s compact car architecture. The premium cars are built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the U.K. The Q30 was launched in 2015 and the QX30 in early 2016.
  • Manufacturing of Daimler’s advanced 9-speed automatic transmission for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles starting in 2018.
  • Joint production of Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz premium compact vehicles in Aguascalientes, Mexico starting in 2017.
  • Co-development of 1-ton pickup trucks sharing architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300 for Mercedes-Benz and Renault. Pickup trucks to be produced in Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain and Renault’s Cordoba plant in Argentina by the end of the decade.

For Renault and Daimler

  • Joint development of a new common architecture for Daimler’s smart and Renault Twingo successors. Both four-seater vehicles are produced at Renault’s plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Cars are on sale since the second half of 2014.
  • Development and supply of Citan, a new light commercial vehicle under the Mercedes-Benz brand, based on Renault technology and produced in Renault’s plant in Maubeuge, France, since late 2012.
    Supply of ultra low-consumption diesel and gasoline engines, starting with a 1.5 liter diesel engine, manufactured by Renault in Valladolid, Spain, adapted by Mercedes-Benz as entry powertrain for the Mercedes A & B Class, CLA and GLA models.
  • Renault supplies Daimler with a 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine adapted by Mercedes-Benz as entry powertrain for the Mercedes C-Class. A variant of this engine combined with a Renault transmission is equipped on the new Mercedes-Benz Vito with front-wheel drive.
  • New Renault ZOE electric motor fitted in EV versions of the smart fortwo and forfour, which will go on sale in 2017. Motor produced at Renault’s Cleon plant in France.