Renault and Daimler: discussions underway for possible collaboration in large vans

  •   04/02/2021 - 13h06
  •   DEHOUI Lionel

Renault and Daimler have been working in partnership for several years and plan to strengthen their relationship. The two groups are discussing possible collaboration in large vans. For its part, the French automaker has embarked on a policy of partnerships to reduce its costs.

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Renault and Daimler: discussions underway for possible collaboration in large vans
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Renault and Daimler in discussions for a possible partnership

French carmaker Renault has joined forces with Daimler to strengthen their relationship. In this context, the two groups are currently holding discussions with a view to concluding an agreement. The aim of these discussions is to extend their cooperation to the large van segment.

In addition, an alliance was established between the two groups in 2010. It should be noted that Renault is already associated with the parent company of Mercedes sur le Citran. This partnership is supported by the production of the van derived from the Renault Kangoo and assembled in France at the Renault plant in Maubeuge (Nord).

New discussions between the two groups should now focus on the development of the next generation of the Renault Master large van. The latter will be manufactured in Batilly (Moselle). According to one of the two sources close to the dossier, the aim of the exchanges between Renault and Daimler is to encourage the sharing of the entry ticket for the Master's replacement.

Moreover, it should be recalled that the last renewal of the Master's degree was made in 2019. The advent of the fourth generation is not expected for several years.


The current state of discussions

While both groups have so far declined to comment on the subject, it should be noted that the discussions have not yet been concluded, again according to the same source. On the other hand, the second source close to the file has indicated that discussions between Renault and Daimler were not easy.

It should be recalled that the German group has already renewed its own large van, the Sprinter. This is a relatively expensive vehicle manufactured in Düsseldorf. However, the discussion remains open and should focus on the commercial vehicles of the future according to the latter source.

She added that both groups are in a positive frame of mind and are open to any project that makes economic sense for both parties.


Renault is implementing a partnership policy to reduce costs

In 2019, the French automaker posted its first loss in ten years. It is now seeking to turn around its margins. To reduce costs, Renault has been increasing the number of partnerships with third parties for some time. The aim is to share costs with third parties. However, it must be recognized that the automotive industry is currently forced to make major investments, particularly in on-board connectivity and electrification.

In addition, Renault plans to strengthen its cooperation with Google in the cockpit of the future. The automotive group is preparing a battery plant with a partner that has not yet been selected. Potential partners include France's Verkor, Korea's LG and China's Envision.

The French group has also signed an agreement with Lotus for the development of the Alpine brand. This is also the case with Plug Power for its fuel cell projects.