Daimler takes the success story further and announces stronger cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, ensuring economies of scale for both companies and higher-value vehicles to customers.
Now in its seventh year, the strategic partnership with the French-Japanese company is maturing with new and current projects entering their final stages. 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.
“Over the last seven years we’ve established a partnership that extends from parts to platforms, from co-development to co-production and from cars to commercial vehicles. And we did so in project-oriented, diverse teams that share competences across continents. They are driven by the best ideas – may they originate in Paris, Stuttgart, or Yokohama. So, our future cooperation continues to hold great promise,” Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche explains.
- World premiere of EV versions of new smart fortwo, smart cabrio and smart forfour (Electric energy consumption: 13.1 – 12.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 0 g/km) with motors built at Renault’s Cléon plantEV. The smart and the Renault Twingo were the first vehicles built on a common platform by Daimler and the Alliance. The battery of the new smart electric drive is produced by the Daimler subsidiary, “Deutsche ACCUmotive,” in Kamenz, Germany. This means smart is the first brand to offer its entire portfolio with both a combustion engine and also battery-electric drive.
- US$ 1 billion joint production facility in Aguascalientes, Mexico, preparing for pilot production of next generation premium compact cars. Will produce next-generation premium compact vehicles for Infiniti as of 2017 and for Mercedes-Benz starting in 2018. The staffing and equipping of the plant started in May 2016 according to plan. Construction will be completed in 2017, followed by preparation for pilot production of Infiniti vehicles. A new quality evaluation standard will be implemented at the facility to assure the delivery of premium-model quality. The plant is expected to produce more than 230,000 cars a year by 2020. The vehicles will also be produced at other Daimler and Nissan plants in Europe and China.
- First Mercedes-Benz pickup truck taking shape and set-up of the Alliance’s production facilities in Spain and Argentina fully on track. In 2015, Daimler and Nissan announced the joint development of the first Mercedes-Benz pickup truck. The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300 and will be assembled the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, and at Nissan’s Barcelona plant in Spain, where the Nissan NP300 Frontier and the Renault Alaskan will also be produced. In October, Mercedes-Benz will provide further insights into the new pickup truck’s design, strategy and markets.
- Joint engine production in North America, at the Nissan Decherd plant in Tennessee, USA. In June 2014, production of 2-liter, 4-cylinder gasoline engines was started for Nissan; operations for Daimler engines followed in October 2014. Since then, the plant has produced about a quarter of a million engines. Plant expansion was decided upon early in 2016 and is now being implemented. In addition to serving local demand, the plant exports engines to Mercedes sites in East London, South Africa, as well as machined components to Germany).