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Nissan-Renault Alliance Sees Global Demand Surge

Global partners set new sales record for 2011.

by on Jan.11, 2012

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn sees partnership with Daimler heating up.

Despite the economic problems in Europe and concerns about a double-dip recession in the U.S., the Euro-Asian Renault-Nissan Alliance set a sales record in 2011, collectively marketing a total 8.03 million vehicles around the world, including 4.67 million vehicles for Nissan, 2.72 million for Renault, and 638,000 for AvtoVAZ, their Russian partner.

The Alliance achieved a 10.3% increase in volume from the 7.28 million vehicles sold across the Alliance in calendar-year 2010 despite an unusually harsh year, in which the auto industry faced the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the October flooding in Thailand, the abnormal strength of the yen and eurozone uncertainties.

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“Partnerships are key to regional growth and a key reason the Alliance achieved a new sales record,” said Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-born executive who serves as CEO for both Nissan and Renault.

The Japanese side of the alliance was a particular stand-out considering the disasters in Japan and subsequent flooding in Thailand.  In contrast to rivals Toyota and Honda, who struggled with product shortages until late in the year, Nissan was already nearing full-speed production by July. But it might not have gone so well.


Mercedes Will Provide Platform for New Infiniti Luxury Car

Daimler ramps up increasingly successful partnership with Renault-Nissan alliance.

by on Sep.14, 2011

Infiniti will use a Mercedes-Benz platform when it goes to production with a compact luxury car based on the striking Etherea concept vehicle.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz B-Class platform will be shared with Infiniti which plans to use it as the foundation for a compact luxury offering based on the popular Etherea concept car.

That’s the latest move to emerge from a rapidly expanding alliance between Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG and erstwhile rivals Nissan and Renault, which have made a successful go of their own Euro-Asian alliance.

In an unusual joint appearance, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Renault-Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn provided an update on their 18-month-old strategic partnership and gave a sense of where they hope to go next.

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The three companies will soon begin sharing powertrains, as well as an assortment of vehicle platforms.   But among other things, they are looking at the possibility of pooling efforts on the development of zero-emissions vehicles, the two CEOs suggested.

“We probably haven’t seen as much change in our industry in decades as we have to face now,” said Zetsche in explaining why Daimler, Nissan and Renault have chosen to work together.  So, he added, “By doing (things) together in certain areas we will get even stronger.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and his Nissan-Renault counterpart Carlos Ghosn during a Frankfurt Motor Show news conference.


Daimler, Nissan, Renault Project Billions in Savings From New Alliance

Partnership could save Smart brand, help makers expand global presence and product lines.

by on Apr.07, 2010

Among the many projects set in motion under the new alliance is the development of a next-generation Smart fortwo, as well as the addition of a 4-door micro-car.

Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have signed a broad agreement on strategic cooperation that they claim will enable the two groups to collectively save nearly $3 billion, over the next five years, while helping all three makers to expand their global presence.

Among initial efforts, the new partners will cooperate on the development of a new product for Daimler’s struggling Smart car brand; they will also work on new gasoline and electric powertrains.  And a variety of additional cooperative ventures are under study, confirmed Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and his counterpart, Carlos Ghosn, who serves a dual role as chief executive of both Renault and Nissan.

“The lesson from the last crisis in the auto industry, in 2008 and 2009, is that you better be global, that you cannot do it alone, and that you better have friends,” Ghosn said, during a conversation with U.S. journalists.

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As part of the agreement, the two groups will exchange small amounts of equity.  This will give the Renault-Nissan Alliance a 3.1% stake in Daimler, while the German makers get a 3.1% stake in both Renault and Nissan.