The Alliance has established strategic partnerships with vehicle manufacturers including Germany’s Daimler and Russia’s AVTOVAZ.

Daimler

Daimler AG, manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz brand, is one of the world’s foremost high-end carmakers. The agreement announced in April 2010 between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG established the basis for a strategic partnership based on three major projects, primarily in Europe. The partnership has since been extended to include 13 projects on three continents.

  • As part of the agreement, the Renault-Nissan Alliance took a 3.1% stake in the capital of Daimler. Daimler took a 3.1% share in the capital of Renault and 3.1% in the capital of Nissan.

Mercedes Citan produced at Renault’s Maubeuge plant in France

Renault Twingo 2014 (base shared with Daimler Smart)

For Renault and Daimler:

  • Development of a new next-generation architecture shared between Daimler’s Smart and Renault’s Twingo (on sale since the second half-year of 2014). The four-seater versions of these two vehicles are manufactured at Renault’s Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia.
  • Development of the Citan, a light commercial vehicle based on Renault technology and produced for the Mercedes-Benz brand at Renault’s Maubeuge plant, since 2012.
  • Sale of low-consumption diesel and petrol engines.
    • A 1.5 litre diesel engine produced by Renault in Valladolid, Spain, adapted by Mercedes-Benz for the brand to have an entry-level engine for their A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA models.
    • Renault provides Daimler with a 1.6 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine, adapted by Mercedes-Benz for the brand to have a high-performance entry-level engine for their C-Class model. A variant of this engine, combined with a Renault transmission, equips Mercedes-Benz’s front-wheel drive Vito model.

Avtovaz

  •  In 2008, Renault signed a strategic partnership agreement with AvtoVAZ, the leading Russian automaker.
  •  In 2012, the Renault-Nissan Alliance acquired a majority stake in Alliance Rostec Auto BV, a joint venture with the Russian state corporation Rostec, to step up growth in Russia while boosting the competitive performance of AvtoVAZ and furthering development of the Lada brand.
  •  In December 2016, Renault took part in an AvtoVAZ recapitalization operation that would raise its stake in Alliance Rostec Auto BV to 73.30%. Then Renault would consolidate AvtoVAZ group sales figures and results from the end of December 2016.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and AvtoVAZ have five industrial facilities in Russia, in Moscow (Renault), Saint Petersburg (Nissan), Togliatti and Izhevsk (AvtoVAZ). Purchases by the partner organizations in Russia are handled by the AvtoVAZ-Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (ARNPO), formed in 2015 and set to become Russia’s biggest automotive industry procurement organization. ARNPO also enjoys access to the purchasing platform of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

AvtoVAZ makes six models for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, nearly a quarter of overall production. Renault Logan, Sandero and Stepway for the Russian market are made on the B0 line, common to all three brands.

Vehicle subsystems, including engines and gearboxes, made by AvtoVAZ, are fitted on Alliance vehicles made at the Togliatti site or at the Renault plant in Moscow. With more than 408,000 vehicles made in 2016 (across Lada, Renault, Nissan and Datsun), and a market share topping 20% in 2016 for Lada, AvtoVAZ confirms its position as Russia’s top automaker.

The recovery plan brought in by AvtoVAZ in 2016 targets a return to profitability from 2018.

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.