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Renault and Nissan Tighten Embrace to Boost Earnings

Partners target $6 billion in new synergies.

by on Mar.04, 2016

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn sees more opportunities for savings.

Already one of the most successful partnerships in automotive history, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting an additional $6 billion in new “synergies” by 2018, the two carmakers announced Friday.

The plan comes as something of a victory lap for Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-born executive who serves as CEO of the two companies. Late last year, he beat back a push by the French government, a major investor in Renault, which threatened to fracture the Euro-Asian alliance.

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“The auto industry is rapidly evolving, requiring Renault and Nissan to leverage the Alliance as a pragmatic business tool,” said Ghosn in a prepared statement.

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Daimler Alliance with Renault-Nissan Set to Double in Size

“Corporate friends with benefits.”

by on Oct.03, 2014

Everyone is all smiles after the latest installment of the "Carlos-and-Dieter Show" at the Paris Motor Show.

The 5-year-old alliance between Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan is set to double in size during the next six years, top officials predicted during a news conference at the Paris Motor Show.

The partners have already entered into a variety of joint ventures, including the development of several new microcars and the production of new gasoline and diesel engines. They will begin work on a new, shared assembly plant in Mexico next year, a facility that will eventually produce new compact luxury cars for both Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand and Nissan’s upscale marque Infiniti.

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Appearing together for what has become an annual update they call the “Carlos-and-Dieter Show,” Daimler Chairman and CEO Dieter Zetsche and Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn said they now have 12 different ventures going, up from the original three, and that is only likely to grow. (more…)

General Motors, Ford Form Unusual Alliance

“Big Two” partnering on new, high-mileage transmission.

by on Apr.15, 2013

GM and Ford have formed a new alliance to develop a high-mileage 10-speed.

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. have formed an unusual alliance designed to help them meet increasing stringent fuel-economy standards by jointly development a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

The announcement underscores the increasingly difficult challenges manufacturers face as they shoot for a 54.5 mile-per-gallon mandate set to take effect in 2025.  That has led a growing number of automakers to set aside traditional rivalries and form potentially far-reaching alliances aimed at development new engines, transmissions, even entire vehicles that can be shared among various brands.

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The new gearbox envisioned by GM and Ford will be utilized on a variety of different front- and rear-wheel-drive products, the makers said, noting their shared goal of bringing the technology to market sooner, and at a lower cost, than if they worked together.

“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering.

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Toyota, BMW Expand Their Alliance

New efforts will include fuel cells, electric powertrains and a future sports car.

by on Jun.29, 2012

Toyota and BMW officials during a news conference announcing their original alliance last December.

Toyota and BMW have confirmed they will substantially expand the nascent partnership they first launched late last year – signing a memorandum of understanding that will cover work in four key areas including high-tech fuel cells as well as the foundational “architecture” of a future sports car.

The two makers had first agreed to a limited alliance last December – echoing steps taken by a number of their key competitors, such as Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.  Those three brands have been rapidly expanding their own partnership in a bid to expand global economies of scale and to bring new technologies to market faster than might otherwise be possible working individually.

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“It is one way of securing long-term access to customers and technologies,” said Toyota Motor Co. President Akio Toyoda, during a news conference at BMW headquarters in Munich.

For his part, Bayerische Motoren Werke CEO Norbert Reithofer emphasized that, “For the BMW Group, strategic partnerships are an essential part of our strategy.”

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Toyota and BMW Discuss Expanded Alliance

Looking at fuel cells, lithium batteries and other projects.

by on Jun.25, 2012

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. is soon expected to announce an expanded alliance with BMW.

It’s the era of the automotive alliance and it appears that Toyota and BMW are looking to expand the unlikely partnership they first announced last December.

At that time, BMW announced it would supply diesel engines to the Japanese automaker. Toyota, meanwhile, revealed plans to work with its German counterpart on advanced lithium-ion battery technology.  Now, the German magazine Der Spiegel reports, the two makers will announce a much larger range of ventures that could include hybrid technology, fuel cells and vehicle electronics.

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That’s a significant shift for both companies, BMW and Toyota traditionally preferring to go it alone rather than team up with erstwhile competitors.  But Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, told TheDetroitBureau.com that a change in strategy was urgently needed because, “No one can handle it all by themselves.”

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Could Fiat/Chrysler Make a Bid for Peugeot?

Marchionne hints he may try to outbid GM for French alliance.

by on Feb.29, 2012

Might Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne be the spoiler in talks between GM and Peugeot?

Might the Fiat/Chrysler alliance try to outbid General Motors to set up a global automotive powerhouse with French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen?

It’s clear that Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sees that as a potentially powerful alternative to letting PSA tie up with General Motors.  As TheDetroitBureau.com reported this week, GM is apparently seeking a 7% stake in the French company, while the two partners would set up a series of joint ventures to develop new products and powertrains.

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But according to a report by Dan Howes, of the Detroit News, Marchionne is ready to step in as the spoiler.  He previously considered an alliance with Peugeot, having approached the French maker with the idea of an alliance during the Geneva Motor Show three years ago, even as Fiat was considering the option of buying GM’s struggling Opel division – then on the auction block.

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GM in Alliance Talks With PSA Peugeot Citroen

Makers discussing “cooperations and alliances.

by on Feb.22, 2012

Does GM CEO Dan Akerson see a partnership with PSA as a way to solve Opel's problems?

General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen have confirmed they have begun discussing “possible cooperations and alliances.”

Both makers cautioned that their talks are still too early to discuss in detail, though industry sources are indicating that the U.S. maker, the world’s largest, and French-based PSA, Europe’s second-largest automaker by sales, are focusing on a manufacturing alliance – though some sort of joint product development could be in the cards, as well, other sources suggested.

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Such a move could be critical for GM, which is struggling to staunch ongoing losses at its German-based Opel subsidiary.  Despite hopes that its European operations would be back in the black, GM suffered a $700 million loss in 2011, raising concerns about the company’s prospects despite a record global profit of $7.6 billion for the year.

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