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When Nissan and Renault formed an alliance in 1999, the two automakers, led by dual-CEO Carlos Ghosn, cited the need to cut costs as deeply as possible through increased product sharing and purchasing power. Today, with the global economy in the doldrums, those benefits are required more than ever. So it's not surprising to hear that Nissan and Renault plan to begin sharing virtually all new engines moving forward.

According to reports, Nissan will focus on gas-powered engines and Renault will play to its strength in diesels. This way, both automakers can focus on improving the performance and reducing the environmental impact of both engine lines. If successful, the two-headed automaking giant hopes this deal will generate 180 billion yen (US$1.8 billion) in positive cash flow in 2009 alone.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Please don't get rid of the VQ
        • 6 Years Ago
        Think that "Nissan will focus on gas-powered engines" means we may see some VQ powered Renaults.

        At least I hope to hell that is the case.

        Something inside me will die if the Z after the 370 is using a Renault engine...
      • 6 Years Ago
      don't they do this already?
      I thought the 4 banger MR series engine was used in both brands.
      Isn't the 6 cylinder VQ engine used in Renault's?

      Don't the Formula Renault racecars use race tuned VQ motors?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone ready for a VR38DETT Renault?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having owned a Renault 5 which broke down frequently whilst falling to bits constantly- I"d never buy another Renault.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fine news indeed. Two fine car-companies. Now come on then lads, let's integrate some of that fast-train know-how that you each bring! :D

      :: off-topic ::

      Anybody else unable to log in to their Autoblog profile page? :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        Welcome to the club. I can't log in either.

        on-topic: I think we will see much more of this technology sharing in the future - even across multiple companies. Ford co-developed 2.2l and 2.7l diesel engines with PSA (Peugeot-Citroen). PSA and BMW co-developed the 1.6l petrol used in Mini, Peugeot 307/8-line and soon in BMW's 1-series. Fiat 500 and Ford KA are sharing engines, platform and are even built in the same factory. It may even enhance improve quality if engine and platform technologies are doublechecked. What I've heard here about Fiat 500 is pretty good.

        Who's next? BMW's fabulous 3.0l diesel in exchange for Daimler-Benz' AMG petrol V8/V12 engines?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have never been able to log in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      " Renault will play to its strength in diesels. "

      Renault & strength in the same sentence? What am I missing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not sure where you got your conversion from, but 180 Billion ¥ is about 1.835 Billion US $. A rather significant discrepancy, but otherwise an interesting article.