Renault-Nissan and Daimler sign strategic alliance

Published Date: 8th Apr 2010

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler have signed a three-way partnership which includes an immediate plan to collaborate on future cars.

Immediate product plans include platform sharing on the next-generation Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo, including electric versions, as well as expanding the Smart and Twingo families.

Diesel and petrol engines from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be used in the new Smart car and will be modified to include Mercedes-Benz characteristics for future premium compact cars.

In return Daimler will share its petrol and diesel engines with Infiniti, Nissan's luxury marque.

Renault-Nissan will also supply diesel engines and transmissions for the Mercedes-Benz Vito

Gary Bennett, MD of UK Car Discount, the country's leading online new car dealership, said "This strategic partnership will produce some great new cars over the next few years. We're looking forward to seeing what comes out of this arrangement, especially with some of the smaller, more economical cars."

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