SMM: it is reported that Daimler may deepen its cooperation with Renault, and the two sides may share more electric vehicle technology. Last year Daimler announced that its next generation of Mercedes-Benz Citan vans would be fully electric. The Pure Electric Citan will use Renault-Nissan technology and will be based on Renault Kangoo models.
Daimler CEO Corinson (Ola Kallenius) said the company would continue to explore possible areas of cooperation with Renault, including electric vehicles. "as long as both sides can profit from it, we will be open to new projects," Mr Kang told shareholders at the company's annual meeting. " At the meeting, he also cited the pure electric version of Citan as an example.
Previously, Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickups were built on the same platform as Nissan's Navara and Renault Alaskan. After more than two years of production, sales of the X-class pickup have been low, so Mercedes-Benz decided to stop production of the model at a cost of 838 million kilos. After that, Daimler's 10-year-old industry alliance with Renault-Nissan also reached an impasse.
Daimler will also end its partnership with Renault on the Smart brand. Daimler and Zhejiang Geely holding Group have set up a joint venture in China, and Smart cars will be produced in China in the future. The electric versions Smart ForFour and Smart ForTwo currently on sale use the same technology as Renault Twigon Z.E. In 2018, Geely bought a 9.69% stake in Daimler, making it Daimler's largest single shareholder.
In June, Jean-Dominique Senard, Renault chairman, said Renault wanted to re-promote its alliance with Daimler. Daimler's pension fund owns 3.1% of Renault and 3.3% of Nissan. Renault and Nissan each own 1.54% of Daimler. "at present, we have no plans to change our shareholding," Mr Kang said at the annual meeting on July 8. "
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