Future Renault and Nissan compact cars could be underpinned by a platform being co-developed for upcoming Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models. Chief executives Carlos Ghosn (Renault-Nissan) and Dieter Zetsche (Daimler) are considering extending their three-year alliance to platform usage.
Ghosn told Automotive News Europe last week at the Frankfurt motor show that the co-developed platform would not be dedicated to one brand, as it belongs “to companies." He added that he will place any new project in his company on the new platform.
He said that a platform conceived for premium brands such as Mercedes and Infiniti could also be cost effective for volume brands such as Renault and Nissan, adding that cost effectiveness depends “on the specifications of the cars" built on a common platform. Carmakers are co-developing common platforms to underpin cars of different sizes and price classes to cut their vehicle development costs.
This common platform strategy also allows carmakers to shorten the models' time to market. Nissan's premium brand Infiniti will use a Mercedes-developed platform for the Q30 compact that it unveiled as a concept at the Frankfurt motor show. The production Q30 will be underpinned by the MFA architecture that also underpins Mercedes' A class, B class, CLA and GLA.