At a September 30 Paris Motor Show press conference, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn and Daimler president Dieter Zetsche discussed the favorable results of their partnership.
At the beginning of the press conference, Ghosn spoke favorably of the partnership, which has been going on 7 years since April, 2010. He said, “The partnership has surpassed our original hopes and expectations.” He went on to say, “The auto industry in these five years has seen major changes toward electric cars, automatic driving and connectivity that haven’t existed in the last 20 years. There is no auto maker that can face these changes alone and our strategic partnership with Daimler is certainly an important pillar of our strategy.”
The companies supply each other with engines and other components and some models share platforms. They currently have 14 projects going including plans to build a Mexico production plant. Asked about strengthening the relationship from now on, Ghosn said, “We don’t plan to work together in all areas. We will consider each project based on the needs of the other partner, good opportunities, and order of priority.” Zetsche further added, “We will put priority on projects that benefit both companies.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)