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.
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.
In 2008, Renault-Nissan signed a strategic partnership agreement with AVTOVAZ, the leading Russian automaker, with the aim of securing overall market share of 40% in 2016.
- In 2012, the Renault-Nissan Alliance acquired a majority share in the Rostec Auto BV Alliance, a joint venture set up with the Russian company Rostec,which owns 74.5% of AVTOVAZ.
- The Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ have four plants in Russia: Togliatti, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Izhevsk.
- The B0 assembly line, based on the Alliance platform at the Togliatti plant, is the first large-scale industrial development in the partnership. Several models are currently produced on this line: LADA Largus and XRAY, Nissan Almera, Renault Logan and Sandero.
- Founded in January 2015, AVTOVAZ-RENAULT-NISSAN Purchasing Organization (ARNPO) is responsible for purchasing for the three partners in Russia. ARNPO is set to become the largest purchasing entity in Russia’s automotive industry, consolidating the global integration of AVTOVAZ in this sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.