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Renault Nissan alliance and Daimler AG announce strategic partnership
source: Official: Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG announce strategic cooperation
Following an earlier report this week, Renault-Nissan and Daimler have now made their intentions official, announcing what they are calling a broad strategic cooperation. The move will result in the automakers exchanging 3.1 percent stakes in their new respective partners.
In an effort to utilize greater economies of scale, improve product offerings and increase the competitiveness of products offered by both Renault-Nissan and Daimler, the automakers have agreed to form a wide-ranging strategic cooperation.
Equity swap explained
In order to properly underscore the new commitments by the automakers, Daimler will receive 3.1 percent of Renault through the release of new shares, 3.1 percent of Nissan through existing shares and Renault will receive 3.1 percent of Daimler shares. Independently, Renault will also exchange 1.55 percent of its Daimler shares with Nissan in exchange for 2 percent of Nissan shares. As a result, Renault and Nissan will each hold a 1.55 percent stake in Daimler treasury shares.
Joint gains from the strategic cooperation
As part of the new strategic cooperation, Daimler’s successor to the Smart ForTwo and Renault’s successor to the Twingo will be jointly developed and engineered to share the same architecture. Because of this, both vehicles will retain the unique use of rear-wheel drive for the segment, but each product will contain strong differentiations in product design and exterior design language. The launch of the jointly developed models is expected to begin in 2013.
The joint development of these two vehicles will provide significant cost savings to both automakers, providing for a truly mutually beneficial arrangement.
Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan will also utilize close cooperation to design commercial vehicles, including a new Mercedes-Benz van set to enter the market in 2012.
In addition to small commercial vehicles, the plans also call for the sharing of components in mid-size van product offerings – including small diesel engines and transmissions from Renault-Nissan for Mercedes-Benz. The arrangement is expected to deliver increased economies of scale to both automakers.
What Daimler aims to gain
Daimler CEO, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, said, “Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are combining common interests to form a promising foundation for a successful, strategically sound cooperation that is based on a number of very concrete and attractive project cooperations. Our skills complement each other very well. Right away, we are strengthening our competitiveness in the small and compact car segment and are reducing our CO2 footprint – both on a long-term basis. We know that we can make brand-typical products based on shared architectures. The individual brand identities will remain unaffected.”
Daimler will look to gain both three and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel-powered engines from Renault-Nissan, which will then be modified in order to “reflect Mercedes’ characteristics.” This will provide for substantial development savings to Daimler, as well as increased economies of scale for producing the small engines for Renault-Nissan.
What Renault-Nissan aims to gain
CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said, “The Renault-Nissan Alliance knows how to work successfully in collaborative partnerships, and this experience is extremely valuable in today’s and even more tomorrow’s global auto industry. This agreement will extend our strategic collaboration and create lasting value for the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler as we work on broadening and strengthening our product offering, efficiently utilizing all available resources and developing the innovative technologies required in the coming decade.”
Renault-Nissan is set to gain four and six-cylinder engines from Daimler, of both the gasoline and diesel variety. These engines will be destined for use in Nissan’s luxury Infiniti branded models. Daimler will gain similar economies of scale benefits from this deal, and Infiniti will gain access to crucial high-performance gas engines and crucial diesel engines for the European market. The plans also call for future joint development of larger engines.
In addition to the current planned cooperation, the new collaboration also allows for additional future cooperation between the automakers, including opportunities to co-develop vehicles and technologies relating to electric vehicles.
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Some more info on the Renault Nissan and Daimler AG Alliance
Highlights of the Cooperation
Following intensive and productive talks, specific projects have been agreed upon and will be implemented with immediate effect. Specifically: New common architecture for small vehicles
The successor to the current smart fortwo, a new smart four-seater and the next-generation Renault Twingo will be engineered on the basis of a jointly developed architecture. All vehicles will clearly differ from each other in terms of product design. One main characteristic of the new architecture will be the unique rear wheel drive concept used by current smart vehicles.
The launches of the jointly developed models are planned for 2013 onwards. The smart plant in Hambach, France will be the production location for the two-seater versions, while the Renault plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the production location for the four-seater versions. Right from its market launch, the jointly developed future models will also be available with an electric drive.
The focus of the cooperation in the powertrain area is on the sharing of highly fuel-efficient, diesel and gasoline engines between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide 3 and 4 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines out of its portfolio to Daimler, which will then be adapted and modified to reflect Mercedes’ characteristics. The result is a win-win situation for both sides: Daimler will be able to utilize Renault-Nissan Alliance engines and capture additional sales potential for Mercedes-Benz’ future lineup of premium compact cars, while the Renault-Nissan Alliance will improve its capacity utilization.
Daimler will provide gasoline and diesel engines out of its current portfolio to Infiniti. This includes 4 and 6 cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. The result is a win-win situation for both sides: Infiniti will be able to utilize Daimler engines, while Daimler will improve its capacity utilization.
Daimler, Renault and Nissan will also cooperate on future gasoline and diesel engines. Final production decisions for newly, co-developed engines will be taken at a later time, seeking a production network that is well balanced, thus benefiting all sides.
The area of engine cooperation will be driven by a technical concept that ensures the preservation and clear distinctiveness of the individual respective brand and product identities, while at the same time providing a highly competitive cost structure. First, a high level of standardization of the non-brand-relevant components will provide substantial savings for both partners. Second, the use of separate, brand-specific technology packages will ensure that the requirements of the respective brands are met.
A key objective is to increase competitiveness of all partners through a substantial increase in volumes, leading to economies of scale and cost sharing in development.
Collaboration on light commercial vehicles
The companies have also agreed on a close cooperation in the light commercial vehicle segment. Mercedes-Benz Vans will expand its portfolio to offer an all-new entry-level, intended for commercial usage, from 2012 onwards. The technical basis of this van will come from Renault and will be produced at the Renault plant in Maubeuge, France. Both partners will benefit from higher unit sales, better capacity utilization, shared investment burden, resulting in a better overall cost basis.
In addition to cooperating on small commercial vehicles, selected powertrain components will also be shared to enlarge mid-size van product offering and sales volumes. This includes a small diesel engine and transmissions which Daimler will procure from Renault-Nissan for its mid-size van, the Mercedes-Benz Vito. This additional entry-level motorization will generate additional unit sales for Mercedes-Benz and optimized capacity utilization at Renault.
Source: The Official Press Release.
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