Renault-Nissan & Daimler: Much Ado About Little

While it is certainly striking news that Renault-Nissan and Daimler are getting together for the sharing of some tech and the utilization of some resources, the significance is more in the affiliation than in any broader sense.  That is, you’re not going to see Altimas become C-Classes or E-Classes become Maximas or something.  The agreement between the two organizations is really rather modest, all things considered.  As in this: As you can see, this is a bit of each owned by each.

While it is certainly striking news that Renault-Nissan and Daimler are getting together for the sharing of some tech and the utilization of some resources, the significance is more in the affiliation than in any broader sense.  That is, you’re not going to see Altimas become C-Classes or E-Classes become Maximas or something.  The agreement between the two organizations is really rather modest, all things considered.  As in this: r

As you can see, this is a bit of each owned by each.

As for vehicular specifics, the successors to the smart fortwo and the Renault Twingo, around about 2013, will both be based on a joint architecture.

In powertrain, Renault-Nissan will provide 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to Mercedes.  Mercedes will provide larger-displacement 4- and 6-cylinder engines for use in Infiniti models.  In all cases, it is said, the engines will be adjusted so as to reflect the characteristics of the brands in question.  There will also be the potential of further collaboration on powertrain production.

Renault will provide Mercedes with entry-level light-duty commercial vehicles.

And that’s pretty much it.

But what is telling is that two companies that are both doing reasonably well have come to the conclusion that there are mutual benefits to be gained via cooperation, though you know that they are still keep competitors.  It also focuses attention on the fact that while Ford still owns some Mazda—less than before—and has off-loaded Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover, and while GM still has Opel, will there be some tie-ups coming?  At least the guys in Auburn Hills can breathe easy, knowing that they’ve got Fiat running the place.