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Renault and Nissan create a common light utility vehicle unit

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The alliance formed by the French group Renault and Japan’s Nissan announced today the creation of a common unit for light commercial vehicles (LCV) that will take advantage of the experience of both to expand their activity with the savings that this new structure can generate.

Indian executive Ashwani Gupta, who since 2006 has worked in various positions for Renault, Nissan and the alliance, will lead this joint division, which will also integrate Mitsubishi’s LCV business absorbed by the Japanese company.
Alliance president Carlos Ghosn said in a statement that the combination of the three manufacturers will boost sales and offer “greater synergies.”

Ghosn added that they plan to expand their “market leadership by accelerating (their) efficiency” thanks to the expertise and experience of each company, and that taking into account the needs of customers.

Renault and Nissan have for years already had cross-linking in light utility vehicles such as the Nissan NV300 van built on the Renault Trafic platform or the Nissan NV400 built on the Renault Master platform.

In the opposite direction, the Renault Alaskan truck has been developed from the platform of the Nissan Navara.
The new LCV unit will also offer support to Nissan’s new range of todocaminos, including the Armada and Patrol.
Renault last year sold 443,931 of these vehicles worldwide (including its Russian subsidiary Avtovaz), and its star models were Kangoo (118,200), Master (91,900) and Trafic (81,600).

Nissan even weighed much more with 815.49 registered vehicles, of which 196,257 corresponded to NP Navara model, 102,497 to Frontier and 54,118 to NV200.

Mitsubishi, on the other hand, sold 248,000 light vehicles, and half (125,000) were from Triton / L200.

efecom 14/03/2017 – EL ECONOMISTA


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