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.
Forward-thinking in design, calm in every day drives, and with off-roading ability: as a traveller between automotive uses, the Mercedes-Benz GLA remarkably redefines the compact SUV sector. It agilely surmounts all every day obstacles and is also sturdy enough to go off-road.
The first Mercedes-Benz in the continuously growing compact SUV sector is very controllable around town (4417 mm long x 1804 mm wide x 1494 mm high), animated on country roads, and energetic and economic on motorways (Cd figure 0.29). The first-rate appointments, created with a lot of love of detail, and the adaptable cabin distinctly place the GLA as a premium compact SUV.
GLA is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to offer as an option the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with completely variable torque circulation.
New GLA completes the Mercedes-Benz’s broad-ranging SUV portfolio. With five in the model series (GLA, GLK, ML, GL and G), the brand offers the biggest range of any premium European producer, and fulfils all its customers’ different mobility desires. All the while, the GLA-Class is the fourth of five new compact models from Mercedes-Benz.
The sales data thoroughly show how well customers are receiving the new compacts: In the first half of 2013, for example, the A and B-Class and the new CLA Coupé delivered 173,362 units worldwide (+58.0%). Particularly satisfying is the high win rate for the new A-Class. Incidentally, around half of the European buyers come from other name plates.