• Apr 9, 2010
2011 Nissan NV2500 HD – Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault-Nissan's partnership with Daimler is only a couple of days old, but the three companies have already divulged plenty of information on possible synergies. For example, the three automakers will work together on a small car platform that will one day underpin the Renault Twingo and future Smart cars. The companies will also collaborate on engine projects and share U.S. factory space.

Automotive News reports that another area where the three companies can find synergies is with commercial vans. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche intimated as much during the press conference, adding "we have no concrete plans yet, but these are certainly areas of investigation which might lead to results." Nissan is just getting its feet wet in the segment with the spanking new NV2500, while Daimler has a much more established van, the extremely capable (if pricey) Sprinter. Since commercial vans is one of the few areas where the companies will compete, the best way to combine efforts is through the manufacturing process.

The NV2500 begins production in Canton, Miss this fall, while the Sprinter is assembled from imported kit components at Daimler's Charleston, S.C. plant. Since Daimler doesn't have an engine plant in the U.S., the German automaker can benefit financially from Nissan engines built in Decherd, Tennessee. The move would improve Nissan's economies of scale at its engine plant, while Daimler stands to save metric tons of money, since European labor costs are high and the company loses cash by the bucket due to the high value of the euro compared to the dollar. Sounds like a cargo-hauling match made in heaven to us.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Will we be able to have a JB Power comparison now that we have more than 3 competitors?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Daimlers van is better. I could see Fiat (Chrysler) wanting a cargo van but not Daimler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      mother goose wants her shoe-house back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know - the whole thing is wrong on several levels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they certainly don't need to be beautiful, but they should at least be practical. Why would you design a cargo van with a long hood like that? I can't imagine that will be an easy vehicle to drive in a crowded city. Parallel parking that thing won't be pretty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Nissan van isn't that big for what it can haul. It isn't much bigger than the Ford Transit van for example but has twice the payload capacity. It's classified as a heavy-duty hauler whereas the Transit is a light to medium-duty vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha! Perfect description.

        I mean, I know commercial trucks aren't meant to be/don't have to be beautiful, but... yeesh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF is with that 'van'?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan-Renault (N-R) will have the time of their lives with Daimler. One night Daimler will take N-R out for drinks slip him a mickey and they next thing you know the house and the bank account are wiped out!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you think that Dr Z is trying diss Chrysler off by offering a redo of the Dodge Sprinter for Nissan? Ouch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front is way to long. Vanners don't want a long front, this makes it hard to drive in cities. We have to be able to drive through alleys and tight parking spaces. This looks like a nightmare to drive.
      Ford got it right and I'm glad they stuck to the traditional design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sure this design will attract many Peterbilt owners but it's just a massive waste of cargo space, 2 pallets from this angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ edirtaynine : HAHAHAHAHA sooo right
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a chukka.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks to me like they kept a horny Ford Super Duty in the same stable as a Ford Transit...
      • 4 Years Ago
      LEAVE TENNESSEE OUT OF THIS MESS!
      • 4 Years Ago
      aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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