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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche sign the agreement
At a news conference in Brussels, Belgium this morning, Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan alliance officially announced that the three automakers would collaborate on future products and each would exchange shares in the other companies. The deal has been rumored for months and Daimler has been looking for years for a partner to help spread out the costs of small car development.
Rumors that Renault-Nissan may be interested in taking on a third head have popped once again, with the would-be merger candidate this time being General Motors. Huh, sounds familiar, doesn't it? In actuality, The Wall Street Journal is really just speculating on the possible effects of such a deal, and it's done so with all kinds of number crunching and colorful pie charts.
According to the Nikkei in Japan and the Financial Times in the UK (via TTAC, which kindly assembled all the info in one place), Suzuki looks ripe for a takeover. Though the automaker is a serious player in its home market of Japan and in the burgeoning Indian market, its 2.36 million cars per year isn't enough to compete with larger competitors on a global scale.
The Renault-Nissan alliance is pushing forward perhaps harder than any other established automaker with its electric vehicle efforts. Between the French and Japanese, brands they plan to have as many as eight different battery electric vehicles in production in the next few years. In order to make sure that there is a demand for these zero emissions vehicles, the companies are actively involved in promotional and educational programs for the environment and more friendly vehicles.
Nissan EV-02 prototype - click above for high res image gallery
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The Renault-Nissan alliance has officially confirmed the agreement that has been struck with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for developing an electric vehicle market and infrastructure there. The first pilot test program will start in the city of Wuhan with the Chinese government planning a 13 city program. Renault Nissan will provide vehicles as well as guidance for setting up a public charging network.
Ireland has decided to go the plug-in route for its future transportation needs courtesy of the Renault Nissan Alliance. The Irish government, the Franco-Japanese automakers and electric utility ESB have signed an agreement that is expected to see battery-powered vehicles running around the Emerald Isle within two years. ESB has already set its own target to make all of its electricity generation carbon neutral and will be working with the government and automakers on building out a public charg
Zurich, Switzerland is the latest city to hook up with the Renault Nissan alliance for the promotion of electric vehicle infrastructure. Zurich and its municipal electric utility, ewz, will investigate what it will take to make widespread use of EVs viable in the city and region. A public meeting will be held on March 23 as part of the "Zurich 2025" mobility and energy forum.
Renault-Nissan has reached an agreement with London's greentomatocars to work on bringing electric taxis to the UK capital. The Franco-Japanese alliance and the British hire-car company will be members of the Partnership for Zero-Emission-Mobility. The first stage of the partnership will establish a network of charging stations around London. After that, the automaker will supply battery-powered cars to for the greentomatocars fleet. greentomatocars already provides pre-booked hire-cars using a
If Cerberus is ever going to shed itself of Chrysler, it looks like a deal will happen with soon-to-be former rival General Motors. Automotive News is reporting that no further talks have been scheduled between Nissan/Renault and the Auburn Hills-based automaker, as Cerberus has determined that the General can provide a sweeter deal that may also be better for the auto industry. It doesn't help that Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has decried that a deal between the two doesn't make sense during
The Chrysler rumormill is running at full steam for obvious reasons, and the latest talk surrounds Chrysler and its $3 billion Phoenix V6 engine program. Word on the street is that the project has been canceled, which makes abundant sense if in fact a Chrysler merger is imminent. If a deal to merge Chrysler with either General Motors or Renault/Nissan materializes, both potential mates have V6 engines that are vastly superior to anything nestled under the hood of a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep. Why w