The alliance of Renault-Nissan and Daimler have just announced a collaboration project that will focus on building new fuel-efficient powertrains.
Engines will be designed and built by a team consisting of members from both companies, while a new transmission will be designed by Daimler, and licensed to Renault-Nissan. Both the engine and transmission are supposed to be ready for debut in 2016, under the hood of Nissan, Infiniti, Renault and Daimler vehicles.
The engine in question will be a turbocharged four-cylinder that uses direct injection to squeeze the most power out, while keeping emissions and fuel use at a minimum.
Development of the new transmission was undertaken by Daimler, and now the German company will license its newest technology to Nissan, and allow the Japanese automaker to manufacture these transmissions for use in future Nissan and Infiniti models.
For production, Nissan is turning to subsidiary Jatco, who will manufacture the transmissions in a new plant in Mexico. Start/Stop technology as well as park and shift by wire are the two bits of tech cited as being the primary factors behind the new transmission’s efficiency.