Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance doubles down on tech sharing

Daniel Fowler
May 28, 2020

Renault and Nissan already make the Micra, Clio and Zoe in the Flins factory in France so building models from both companies in the same plant is not unusual.

"The companies' product portfolio updates will follow the leader-follower scheme, and leader and follower vehicles will be produced using the most competitive set-up".

The brand's success in the small vehicle market sees it lead on developing the next B-segment range, so it will be responsible for the next generation Clio, Captur, Micra, Juke and small Mitsubishis like the ASX crossover from 2025 onwards. Senard insisted that the new agreement showcased the strength of the Alliance.

The three-year strategy will lay out a path to sustainable profitability and is the vision of Chief Executive Makoto Uchida and Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta, who took over after months of internal turmoil following Ghosn's arrest in 2018.

While Renault focuses on small EVs, Nissan will take the lead on developing BEV powertrains for larger family cars. Nissan is set to outline more details of its future European strategy in a press conference tomorrow (Thursday 28 May).

This new business model will enable members companies to bring out the most of their expertise and competitiveness to reinforce the Alliance as a whole in a radically changing global automotive environment. There have been reports that Renault is set to close a number of factories and axe several product lines; more information on those reports is likely to come when the French firm holds its own press conference on Friday 29 May.

Nissan will be the lead brand in China, North America and Japan, while Mitsubishi will lead in the ASEAN and Oceania regions.

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Working together has posed challenges to Renault, Nissan and junior partner Mitsubishi, which joined the alliance in 2016, due to differences in corporate cultures and simmering tensions over the Alliance's capital structure.

A fresh report out of Australia claims the next-generation Nissan Navara will effectively be a "clone" of the new Mitsubishi Triton thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's fresh cost-cutting strategy.

Along with platform sharing and development, each brand will be the reference point of certain regions of the world's markets. Along with platforms, which will include the sharing of upper body elements, Senard said production of models would be grouped together where appropriate.

This is where one company leads for a particular type of vehicle and geography and the others following.

Although Nissan is forecasting a 12 per cent decline in sales to 10.2 trillion yen for the just-ended fiscal year, the new mid-term plan calls for a return to revenue of 11.5 trillion yen within three years, with fixed costs kept at reduced levels, the person said.

They said in a joint statement that they aimed to produce almost half of their auto output under the new leader-follower approach by 2025 and hoped to cut investment per model by up to 40% for vehicles under the scheme.

As well as future model segments, each Alliance member will take the lead on key technologies. Renault will take the lead on developing future B-SUV models such as the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.

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