Daimler and Renault-Nissan expand scope of collaboration
PARIS, France - Daimler
and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are collaborating on two new projects to
accelerate development of fuel-efficient powertrains.
Carlos Ghosn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed the new projects
Friday in an annual media update about the Franco-Japanese-German
The new engine project
is a jointly developed 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 a
significant improvement in fuel economy as well as low emissions.
The companies expect to
jointly manufacture the new engines. They will debut in Daimler and
Renault and Nissan vehicles in 2016.
In the new transmission
project Daimler grants Nissan a license to manufacture automatic
transmissions using Daimler´s latest transmission technology for Nissan
and Infiniti vehicles starting in 2016.
Nissan subsidiary Jatco
is planning to manufacture these newly licensed gearboxes in Mexico. The
new transmission will feature "start and stop" and "park and shift by