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H Renault-Nissan και η Mitsubishi Motors ανακοίνωσαν πως διευρύνουν τη μεταξύ τους συνεργασία. Οι δύο εταιρίες συμφώνησαν αρχικά να βγάλουν στην αγορά από κοινού, ένα μικρό αυτοκίνητο το οποίο θα πωλείται παγκοσμίως. Θα βασίζεται πάνω στα Kei cars (Nissan Dayz και Mitsubishi eK wagon), με το αυτοκίνητο να είναι διαθέσιμο και σε αμιγώς ηλεκτρική έκδοση.

Οι δύο εταιρίες θα μοιράζονται επίσης τεχνολογίες και παραγωγικό δυναμικό, ετοιμάζοντας παράλληλα και δύο νέα τετράθυρα sedan μοντέλα τα οποία θα βασίζονται πάνω σε υπάρχοντα μοντέλα της Renault, αλλά θα πωλούνται με το σήμα της Mitsubishi. Το μεσαίο οικογενειακό θα πωλείται στις αγορές των H.Π.Α και του Καναδά, και το δεύτερο, ένα μικρότερο οικογενειακό θα πωλείται στις αγορές όλου του κόσμου.

Ο πρόεδρος και CEO της Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, δήλωσε:

Η Nissan και η Mitsubishi Motors είχαν αμοιβαίο όφελος από αρκετές συνεργασίες στο παρελθόν και προσφάτως από την επιτυχημένη κοινοπραξία των Ιαπωνικών Kei cars.

Καλωσορίζω την κατεύθυνση που έχει παρθεί προς μια ευρύτερη συνεργασία, η οποία θα δημιουργήσει νέες ευκαιρίες για τη Nissan-Renault, που θα οδηγήσει σε κερδοφορία ανάμεσα στη Nissan και τη Mitsubishi Motors.

Από την μεριά του, ο πρόεδρος της Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Osamu Masuko, δήλωσε:

Ως αποτέλεσμα της ανάπτυξης σχεδίων συνεργασίας με τη Nissan-Renault μέχρι τώρα, η Mitsubishi είναι ευτυχής που θα εργαστεί για ακόμη μια φορά με τη συγκεκριμένη εταιρία, προσδοκώντας άμεσα οφέλη.

[Πηγή: Renault-Nissan/ Mitsubishi Motors]

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Renault-Nissan Alliance & Mitsubishi Motors corporation explore wide ranging global product and technology cooperation

New projects to drive global product coverage and capacity utilization

Amsterdam, Netherlands / Tokyo, Japan  (November 5, 2013) – The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today announced their joint intention to explore several new projects covering shared products, technologies and manufacturing capacity among the automakers. As a consequence, it has been agreed that the strategic cooperation between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors could be expanded across the broader Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, it is expected that the existing NMKV joint-venture company will be extended to co-develop a new small-segment car including a specific electric version that can be sold on a global basis. The basis for this product will be from a jointly-developed ‘Kei car’ platform of the type popular in the Japanese domestic market. Further details of all products, markets and manufacturing will be announced separately.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation are also confirming their intention to share technologies and product assets related to electric vehicles and latest-generation platforms. Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors were among the first to pioneer the introduction of mass-marketed zero emission products.

Based on the current direction of discussions between Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, it is firstly expected that two new sedan models would be launched under the Mitsubishi brand, based on vehicles from the Renault portfolio. Secondary and additional studies around other projects will then be considered.

  • The first sedan, to compete in the full-size D-segment markets of the United States and Canada and would be manufactured at the Renault-Samsung plant in Busan, South Korea.
  • The second sedan model would compete in the global C-segment. The manufacturing location for this product is under discussion.

President and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn said: “Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have jointly benefited from several collaborations in the past, most recently the successful joint-venture on Kei cars in Japan. I welcome the direction being taken towards this broader cooperation, creating new opportunities for Renault in addition to further leveraging the productive relationship between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.”

Osamu Masuko, President of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation commented: “As a result of the development of collaborative projects with Nissan Motor up to now, Mitsubishi Motors is pleased to work again with Nissan and now Renault towards achieving further collaborations. The new opportunities could be described as evidence that the ongoing collaborative projects between Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan have brought positive results, and Mitsubishi Motors hopes that any new collaborative projects with the Renault-Nissan Alliance would bring us further merits.”

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have an existing joint-venture company called NMKV which was established in June 2011 for the purpose of co-developing a range of Kei cars for both brands. The first of these products – the Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK wagon – went on sale in Japan this year. Both products are manufactured at the Mitsubishi Mizushima plant in Japan.

About the Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Renault (based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) and Nissan (based in Yokohama, Japan), which together sell one in ten cars worldwide. Renault and Nissan have been strategic partners since 1999 and sold 8.1 million cars in nearly 200 countries in 2012. The Alliance operates strategic collaborations with numerous automakers, including Germany’s Daimler, China’s Dongfeng, and with regional manufacturers such as Ashok Leyland in India.