The electric vehicle (EV) versions of the new smart fortwo and forfour will bring Renault electric motors inside.
This is just one of the projects that will accelerate the cooperation between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2015.
The Smart all-new city cars have been on the market for nearly a year; they and the Renault Twingo were the first vehicles built on a common platform between Daimler and the Alliance.
Customer reaction on all three models has been highly positive. As announced by Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO of the Alliance) and Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars), EV versions of the smart fortwo and forfour will go on sale in late 2016.
Both vehicles will be fitted with an electric motor produced by Renault’s Cléon plant in France, the same one used in the Renault ZOE.
The battery of the new smart electric drive will be manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary, “Deutsche ACCUmotive,” in Kamenz, Germany.
© Daimler and © Renault-Nissan Alliance, respectively.
Leaving aside the EV agreement, significant 2015 milestones that contribute to strengthening of the cooperation between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance include groundbreaking of joint assembly plant in Aguascalientes (Mexico); the expansion of cooperation portfolio into pickup trucks and the launch of the Infiniti Q30, which has made its debut in the Frankfurt Show and will start to be produced later this year at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK.
All these plans were jointly unveiled by Ghosh and Zetsche at the pess conference held today on the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show currently being held in the mentioned German city.
New Daimler pickup trucks and Infinity premium compact models to be prduced in Argentina and Mexico
The new pickup trucks will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The vehicle will have all of Mercedes Benz’ distinctive characteristics and features. The truck will be built by Nissan in the Renault plant in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the Nissan NP300 and a Renault 1-ton truck, for Latin America. The three trucks will also be built at the Nissan Barcelona plant in Spain. Production of the Mercedes-Benz truck at both plants will start before the end of the decade.
The U.S. $1Bn Aguascalientes plant, which will produce next-generation premium compact vehicles for Infiniti from 2017, and Mercedes-Benz starting in 2018. Nissan and Daimler will co-develop the vehicles. The plant is expected to produce more than 230,000 cars a year by 2020. They will also be produced at other Daimler and Nissan plants in Europe and China. The joint assembly plant is located next to the Nissan plant in Aguascalientes
When the Daimler-Alliance partnership was launched in April 2010, the scope of the original collaboration was limited to three projects, primarily in Europe. Since then, the combined portfolio shared between the partners has more than quadrupled to 13 projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Image above the headline.- Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO of the Alliance) and Dieter Zetsche (Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars) at the joint press conference on the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. © Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance.