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Daimler is looking for a new kind of Renault Alliance, one that includes Nissan. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, there is a deal pending between Renault-Nissan and Daimler to partner on things like engines and platforms, as well as further development on matters that could help increase fuel efficiency. The two companies feel that partnering in those areas would help develop the technology more effectively while keeping the costs more manageable.

Nissan and its corporate partner Renault seem to have embarked on what could best be described as a march towards electric vehicle world domination. Over the last few weeks alone, we've heard about Nissan's plans to bring EVs to the United Kingdom, United States, Monaco, Ireland and Switzerland. We also expect the dual-headed company to launch its electric machinery in its home markets of France and Japan.

Click for a high res gallery of the new Nissan-Renault V9X diesel V6

Click for a high res gallery of the new Nissan-Renault diesel

Nissan and Renault have already announced plans to start offering battery electric vehicles beginning in 2010 for fleet testing with retail availability a year or two later. However batteries aren't the only technology they are looking at for emissions-free running. Hydrogen fuel cells are also in the picture. Nissan has been testing fuel cell-powered versions of its X-Trail SUV for the past two years with examples leased to Japanese government agencies. Renault and Nissan are now jointly workin

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