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 |  Aug 29 2011, 12:00 PM

Thanks to the modern reality of doing business in the automotive sector, more and more car companies are seeking alliances in order to share development costs.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is one of the most notable in recent years, but some analysts were quite surprised when back in April 2010, the company announced an alliance with Daimler AG.

At that time, Nissan had planned to introduce an updated, rear-drive Infiniti G, slated for a 2011 model year release, but with new input from Daimler, the introduction was pushed back as the car underwent some significant revisions, including the adoption of a Mercedes chassis, sheetmetal changes, and a Mercedes diesel engine.

As for gasoline powerplants, the decision was taken to stick with Nissan offerings, at present, a 3.5-liter version of the VQ bent-six, possibly turbocharged is the preferred option, though a Hybrid drivetrain, similar to the 2.5 V-6/ electric motor combination currently employed in the M35h could also make the cut.

Scheduled for a 2014 model year release it will be interesting to see what both Infiniti and Mercedes customers make of this car and down the road, what other potential products can result from the synergies between the three automakers. Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has said that Infiniti plans to launch some 10 new models by 2016 with a goal of capturing around 10 percent of the luxury car market; the new G is merely the first step.

[Source: Motor Trend]

 

 

 |  Jun 14 2011, 7:26 AM

As part of its drive to focus on sustainable technologies and new ideas, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is opening a research office, across the road from Google HQ in Silicon Valley, California.

In an official press release, the Renault-Nissan Alliance stated that the office will “build staff organically, to focus on specific projects and business developments as they emerge.”

The office is part of the automaker’s $5.4 billion commitment to sustainable transportation and will play an integral role in vehicle Information Technology research, including graphic user interface displays, in-car connectivity features already employed on the Nissan LEAF EV (shown above) as well as Smart Grid R&D.

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, during a speech at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), said that “the [Renault-Nissan] Alliance is at the vanguard of the auto industry’s shift to sustainable transportation. Having a greater footprint in one of the world’s headquarters for clean tech research will extend our lead further.”