The relationship between Daimler and Renault-Nissan may deepen, finance chief Bodo Uebber told Boersen-Zeitung in an interview. He said that these companies’ alliance projects are moving ahead of schedule. Uebber said that there are talks on undertaking further options and that currently, there is a debate on having a deeper collaboration on compact cars.
Daimler and Renault-Nissan made an announcement last April about a strategic cooperation for the joint development of a new rear-wheel drive platform that would be used on the next Smart ForTwo, a new Smart four-seater as well as the next Renault Twingo.
In addition, Renault will be Daimler’s supplier for three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that will be used by Smart and in Mercedes' new A- and B-class premium compact cars. In turn, Daimler will supply four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to Nissan's luxury division, Infiniti.
Uebber also revealed that there are talks about batteries too. When asked about the collapse of talks to buy Fiat Industrial, Uebber explained that the main issue was the price. The purchase would have let Daimler have control over agricultural machinery maker Case-New Holland.
Uebber said that Daimler doesn’t have plans to venture into new business areas after it took over Tognum, which makes industrial-size diesel engines, with UK aero-engine group Rolls Royce earlier in the year.
He said that there are no major takeovers being planned, stating that the company is in a good position when it comes to mergers and acquisitions and even with the cooperation with other groups.