• Dec 8, 2010
The door metaphorically adjoining the offices of Msr. Ghosn and Dr. Zetsche swings both ways. The two executives – heads of Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance respectively – signed a deal that would see the two auto groups collaborating on future products. So far all the reports appear to be benefiting Nissan – including the latest on AMG engines in Infiniti Performance Line models – but the latest indicate a measure of reciprocation.

According to the wire coming in from across the pond, the next generation of Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class hatchbacks will be powered by Renault-Nissan's new 128-hp 1.6-liter turbodiesel four. Beyond that, the two auto groups will reportedly begin developing a new range of small engines, similar to the engine program between BMW and PSA Peugeot-Citroën.

Their displacements will, according to reports, range from 1.2 liters to 1.8, cylinder counts from three to four and coming in both gasoline and diesel formats, to be used in a broad range of small cars bearing Mercedes, Smart, Nissan and Renault badges.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The French think they are so Smart. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The nomenclature might really throw people off... an Infiniti G55 (5.5L AMG engine) and a mercedes G55 comes to mind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel so sorry for Renault-Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How big is Dr. Z's light-bulb head!???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are you sure you don't mean188HP, not 128HP?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember when the news first came out? it said Nissan will use Mercedes engines :D
      I commented on it then:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/03/rumormill-next-gen-nissan-z-to-get-mercedes-v6-i4-hybrid/
      • 4 Years Ago
      i smell a bad divorce in the works
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look out Mr. Ghosn is giving you the finger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe the 4 cylinder engine in the Datsun 510 was a Mercedes design or influenced by a Mercedes design. History really does come full circle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a current G37S owner, this makes me a little skeptical on buying another Infiniti in the future. I don't want a German engine in my car. If I did, I would have purchased a German car. I don't see why Nissan won't use the 5.0 or 5.6L engines they currently have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 Spartan, and thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Spartan,

        Basically, what will happen is that Mercedes will use Nissan's 4 and 6 cyl engines while Nissan will get some V8s from Mercedes. Mercedes already outsourced the design of its current gen of 4 cyl engine, so this is nothing new - it's only a step further. And it makes sense, because Mercedes is a low volume manufacturer and it has troubles recovering the R&D expense on lower price models.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, I don't have it backwards. You apparently didn't read the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What I'm trying to get you to see is that I didn't not have it backwards in the first place. Your statement makes it seem as if Infiniti isn't going to use MB engines, which is the case with the Infiniti Performance line.

        • 4 Years Ago
        apparently you don't understand just how good Mercedes V8s are. For their size they are a lot more powerful than the Nissan VK engines. Nissan's performance engines are all V6s right now, and historically have been I-6s. They have never really been big into V8s. The AMG V8s are torque monsters and love forced induction. Another way to look at this is a way to broaden the aftermarket available to AMG engines and lower the cost of entry into Mercedes tuning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing to worry about Spartan, just a lame rumor. Nissan/Infiniti are not going to use any Mercedes engines in the future, it wouldnt make since for them to. Nissan is already developing in house engines for the future IPL line up(You should see the new IPL Ms engine unveiled within the next 3-6 months, boosted 5.6L.). This tie up is only for Nissan to boost production of its EV powerplants and small engines co-developed with Renault.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You got it backwards, check the article again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their talking about the Nissan/Renault M9R diesel engine, not the MR16DDT found in the Nissan Juke.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Their talking about the Nissan/Renault M9R diesel engine, not the MR16DDT found in the Nissan Juke.
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