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Christopher Bruce2013-09-12 15:29:58

Renault and Daimler Planning to Take Collaboration Global

They may co-develop another platform together

Infiniti is using Daimler's compact platform for the Q30

RenaultRenaultRenaultFrance, 1898 > present189 models
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-NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
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and DaimlerDaimlerDaimlerGermany, 1889 > present12 models
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have been collaborating since 2010, but an announcement at the Frankfurt Motor Show from Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn indicates that it is advancing in a major, global way.

“While our initial collaboration focused strongly on European projects, we are now focusing on synergies in all key markets. The largest economies of scale are always global,” said Ghosn.

Daimler and Renault-Nissan have collaborated on ten projects since partnering. Among them have been the platform with the next generation TwingoTwingo Gen.3 [III]Renault Twingo Gen.3 [III]France, 2014 > present15 versions
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and SmartsmartsmartGermany, 1994 > present13 models
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vehicles and InfinitiInfinitiInfinitiJapan, 1989 > present31 models
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using Daimler’s compact platform for the Q30Q30Infiniti Q30Japan, 2014 > present2 photos

The latest project would have the automakers working together on a new, front-wheel drive vehicle platform that would be used by the next generation of compacts from both companies.

The project has been codenamed JC1 for joint compact first generation that would allow for multiple wheelbases, variable track lengths, and front- or all-wheel drive.

"Daimler needs an MFA successor and we need more cars in that segment. There’s now a study to see if we can develop a joint platform. Step two would be common manufacturing, which is also part of the study,” said Andy Palmer, Nissan head of product planning.

Source: Autocar





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