The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler have agreed to collaborate on two new projects that focus on the development of fuel-efficient powertrains.
For the engine project, both Renault and Daimler will jointly develop a family of four-cylinder, direct-injection gasoline engines that "will feature state-of-the-art technology in a compact package," and target low emissions and a significant improvement in fuel economy. The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler are expected to jointly manufacture the new engines and have them in their respective vehicles by 2016.
For the transmission project, Damiler will give Nissan a license to manufacture automatic transmissions using the German company's latest transmission technology for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles beginning in 2016. To be manufactured in Mexico by Nissan subsidiary Jatco, the new transmission will reportedly feature "start and stop" and "park and shift by wire" technologies.
"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," said Renault-Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn. "The relationship is expanding organically and logically."
This isn't the first time both carmakers collaborated on a project. In 2010, both the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mercedes-Benz joined forces to develop small-car technologies and powertrains.
"The collaboration achieved a milestone this year, with the first vehicles and engines from the partnership now on the roads," added Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche. "Furthermore, all our engineers are keeping an open mind, looking with fresh eyes at all potential new areas of collaboration."