The collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler has produced positive results as Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed the development of two projects to accelerate development of fuel-efficient powertrains by 2016. Both Ghosn and Zetsche confirmed that the original 'pillar projects' announced back in 2010 have been accomplished and are on track. Both companies are also working on advanced research for fuel cell vehicle engines as well as cross-supply of battery and engine components of zero-emission variants of their small cars.
"These new components demonstrate how broadly and rapidly our collaboration is proliferating - while all the time remaining rooted in specific projects that give tangible benefits to our customers," Ghosn said. "The relationship is expanding organically and logically."
A new engine project will be a 4-cylinder gasoline engine family co-led by Renault and Daimler. The direct-injection turbocharged engine will feature state-of-the-art technology in a compact package. It targets low emissions as well as a significant improvement in fuel economy.
The new engines will be jointly manufactured and will debut in Daimler, Renault and Nissan vehicles by 2016.
A new transmission project meanwhile is being led by Daimler which will license technology for Nissan to be used in Nissan and Infiniti vehicles also by 2016.
"The collaboration achieved a milestone this year, with the first vehicles and engines from the partnership now on the roads," Zetsche said. "Furthermore, all our engineers are keeping an open mind, looking with fresh eyes at all potential new areas of collaboration"