Daimler tipped to cut ties with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
Partnership produced joint projects like the Navara-based Mercedes X-Class pickup
Daimler is reportedly getting ready to end its association with the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, according to a report in Manager Magazin. The German publication says that soon-to-be Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius will not renew joint projects such as the one that based the Mercedes X-Class on the Nissan Navara, and the Nissan Infiniti Q30 and built the QX30 on the Mercedes A-class platform. Among other collaborations, Renault and Daimler also jointly developed the 1.3 turbo petrol engine that powers the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Daimler and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance haven’t commented, but the decision is thought to stem partly from the arrest of former Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on financial misconduct charges. The joint projects started in 2010 and were negotiated by Ghosn and outgoing Daimler boss, Dieter Zetsche, who steps aside for Kallenius in May. Daimler is concentrating on other alliances, including its recent announcement that it will develop the next ge...