The cooperation agreements and partnerships that we form around the world bring us a lasting competitive advantage in the automotive industry. The partnerships – with Daimler, AVTOVAZ, Mitsubishi and Dongfeng – are part of a policy on sharing costs and gaining access to the best practices, technologies and production capacities.

Daimler

The agreement signed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler on April 7, 2010 provides for a long-term collaborative effort. The agreement is part of a policy on the access to the best technologies and the pooling of costs.

Mercedes Citan produced at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France

Renault Twingo 2014 (base shared with Daimler Smart)

The key focuses of the cooperation agreement are the sharing of existing projects and the joint development of vehicle platforms and powertrains. The partnership, initially based on three real-life pillars, has since been expanded and now involves ten common projects. The initial results of the partnership have been visible on the road since 2012 :

  • Mercedes Citan, a light commercial vehicle built on a Renault Kangoo base at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France;
  • The Renault 1.5 dCi engine, fit on the Mercedes A Class, B Class and Citan
  • New Renault Twingo and the new Smart

Avtovaz

In 2008 the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a strategic partnership with AVTOVAZ, Russia’s number-one carmaker.

Russia is set to become one of the Alliance’s growth pillars in terms of sales and profitability, with an objective of a 40% share of the market with AVTOVAZ in 2016. The Renault-Nissan Alliance has four plants in Russia: Togliatti, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Izhevsk. The three partners are aiming for a total production capacity of 1.7 million vehicles a year in Russia by 2016.

New B0 assembly line at Togliatti

The new B0 assembly line based on our Renault Logan platform, at theTogliatti plant, is the first large-scale achievement of the partnership. The €400 million investment increased the plant’s production capacity to 350,000 vehicles a year. Following Lada Largus and Nissan Almera, two Renault models will be produced on the new line.

Nissan Almera produced on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s B0 line at Togliatti, Russia

Pooled purchasing structure for Renault, Nissan and AVTOVAZ

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ introduced a pooled purchasing structure in Russia in September 2013. The new structure will supervise procurement within an established scope for the three partners in Russia. The increase in purchasing volumes and the negotiation of better prices with suppliers will lead to substantial savings. The initiative will also boost the quality and competitiveness of the Lada brand.

Mitsubishi 

The existing cooperation agreement between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors was extended to include the Renault-Nissan Alliance in November 2013. The aim is to extend the geographical coverage of the vehicles of the three partners and take advantage of the production capacities of our plants.

Our projects will concern the sharing of electric-vehicle technologies and latest-generation platforms, notably for the North American market. Further projects are under review with Mitsubishi, including the joint production and sales of small cars and three-box sedans.

Dongfeng

We recently officially announced our industrial debut in China with Dongfeng, a long-standing Nissan partner in the country. Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM) is one of the main state-owned enterprises, directly supervised by the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council. It is one of the three automotive “giants” in China.

DRAC Dongfeng Renault plant ceremony in Wuhan, 2013

The agreement to set up the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) was signed in December 2013. The company is jointly owned (50/50) by our Group and our partner. As set out in the terms of the agreement signed with Dongfeng, our future plant in Wuhan will start producing vehicles in 2013, with an initial annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles.