Today The Renault Group, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, members of one of the world’s leading automotive Alliance, announced a series of initiatives in the framework of a new model of business cooperation, designed to improve the competitiveness and profitability of the three partners.
The participants plan to develop existing synergies, including in the field of joint procurement, using their leadership positions and geographical advantages to support business development partners.
“The Alliance is unique to the automotive world strategic and operational unification, which gives us a serious advantage against the background of constant changes in our industry, said Jean-Dominique Senar, Chairman of the operating Council of the Alliance and Renault. – New business model will allow the Alliance to leverage the assets and capabilities of each company, based on their domestic culture and traditions. Three members of the Alliance will develop in all automotive segments and related technologies, in all regions, for the benefit of each client, and will also continue to improve their competitiveness, sustainable profitability and the level of social and environmental responsibility”.
The leadership of the three companies approved the principles of the strategy “standard analogue” in the field of vehicle development, which provides a joint solution of the following tasks:
- further development of standardization strategies of the Alliance, starting with the platform and ending with the body;
- focus on one “parent” (reference) car and car-analogues in every product segment, which are developed by the leading company with the support of the teams and followers;
- the most competitive production car-the standard and unique in every brand, including, if necessary, unification of production;
- continued joint use of products in the light commercial vehicle segment, where the schema “standard analogue” is already used.
It is expected that through the strategy of “Etalon-analogue of the” investment in the development of new car models, completely passing on such a scheme, will be reduced by almost 40 %. These benefits complement the already existing synergy.
The Alliance also approved the use of the designation “reference region” for certain parts of the world. Each company will focus on its key regions will become one of the leaders in competitiveness and a role model for other partners.
In this system, Nissan became the leader in such “reference regions” like China, North America and Japan, Renault in Europe, South America and North Africa, Mitsubishi Motors in the ASEAN countries and Oceania.
The existence of standard company in each region will help to increase sharing, possible to share fixed costs among partners and efficient use of the assets of each participant.
Update the product lines of the members of the Alliance will be held in the framework of “Etalon-analog”, and the production of the reference vehicle and counterparts will be organized as competitive as possible way. Thus:
- upgrading the line segment C-SUV after 2025 will lead Nissan and Renault will spend the upcoming update in the European B segment-SUV;
- in Latin America, will be the optimization in the B-segment, and four platforms will be only one for products like Renault and Nissan. It will be available in Curitiba and Resende in Brazil, with the aim of maximum load capacities.
- in South-East Asia and Japan, the Alliance members will be working on the same lines on individual projects, such as cooperation in the segment of compact cars (kei cars) between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.
Having said all that by 2025, nearly 45 % of the models of the Alliance will be designed and produced according to the scheme “standard analogue”.
In terms of the efficiency of technological development, the Alliance partners will continue to use the existing assets and work together to invest in a new platform, powertrain and technology. This sharing has already proved its effectiveness in developing power plants and platforms and helped to successfully bring to market a platform CMF-B for Renault Clio and Nissan Juke, as well as a platform for kei-car Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK Wagon. In the near future it is expected the emergence of platforms CMF-C/D and CMF-EV.
Scheme “standard analogue” off the platforms and power plants will cover all the key technologies you will be using the following distribution of responsibility:
- Autonomous driving: Nissan;
- connected cars: Renault will lead development platform based on Android and to oversee the activities of Nissan in China;
- E-body, the basic system of electron-electric architecture: Renault;
- electrified propulsion (ePT): ePT for CMF-A/B – Renault; ePT for CMF-EV – Nissan.