Renault presents on Thursday his concept of pick-up, the Alaskan marketed in 2016. It is actually a Nissan Navara restyled front. And Mercedes will make its own version. The Renault-Nissan alliance like Mercedes (Daimler). And reciprocally. Renault has just unveiled Wednesday its future pickup Alaskan. Certainly, it is a concept for now, but the production version will arrive in the first half 2016. The Renault pick up a ton of payload actually looks at the new Nissan Navara of NP 300 Japanese ally. Logic is a Nissan restyled the front with Renault logo. And it's not all. Mercedes will also have its version of the pick-up in the context of industrial and financial agreements forged five years ago between the three manufacturers. A true tripartite project primarily for markets in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. Nissan's Spanish site in Barcelona will produce about 120,000 vehicles annually of this type for the three partners, while Renault Argentina Cordoba site will manufacture around 70,000. The NP300, marketed under the name Frontier Navara or (depending on market), has already happened in Thailand and Mexico. A version will also debut for Renault next year in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
A Franco-Japanese-German collaboration
It's April 10, 2010 had been sealed the tripartite merger, under which Daimler now holds 3.1% of Renault and Nissan. The French and the Japanese have for their part 1.55% each of the Stuttgart consortium. This collaboration has resulted so far by several major projects, including the flagship "Edison", which gave birth last year in the new generation of Smart and Renault Twingo. Studied together, the vehicles are partly assembled on the same channels. Smart Forfour and Twingo are indeed manufactured at Renault Novo Mesto (Slovenia).
"Renault has achieved the largest share of development. He brought the manual engines and transmissions," explained last year the director of Ali Kassaï project. "80% of liabilities (note: in public functions) were assumed by Renault". "95% of the visible parts are different between the Twingo III and future Smart", but, nevertheless, "75% of the value components are common between Twingo II and Smart four seats and another 60% between these models and the Smart two seats "stated Ali Kasai. Renault also provides its Kangoo van in Mercedes, which markets it under the name Citan. The French firm also delivers 1.5 dCi diesel and 1.6 dCi which equip the Mercedes A, B and C in their basic versions.
Cooperation between Mercedes and Infiniti
Nissan is also working already with Mercedes. The German book his platform Class A for the all-new Infiniti (Nissan's luxury brand) Q30 to be presented at the Frankfurt Show in mid-September and will be released by year's end. Rérivé a "Crossover" baptized QX30 happen next. Both vehicles will be manufactured at the Japanese site Sunderland in the UK.
Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche were also announced in late June 2014 the creation of a 50-50 joint venture, which will build on the Mexican Nissan site in Aguascalientes, a new unit with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles, manufacture compact cars for Mercedes and Infiniti. Starting in 2017. Nissan and Daimler will bear all the investment cost of about one billion euros. However, the large Renault project on a Mercedes platform was abandoned at this stage. Too expensive and ambitious for the firm to the diamond. Pity.