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The plans of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi are revealed - voila! vehicle


The three companies are changing the balance of power between them, which will allow them to launch dozens of new joint models in the coming years, including in Israel

The new Mitsubishi ASX.

Renault Captur with a Japanese emblem (photo: Mitsubishi)

Carlos Gon, who founded the alliance between Renault and Nissan in 1999, which expanded in 2016 to include Mitsubishi as well, dreamed of turning it into a real merger, despite the cultural differences, and paid for it by being arrested on the grounds of financial irregularities and a daring escape that would leave him for the rest of his life in Lebanon. Unless extradited to Japan.

Yesterday he could see Renault CEO Luca De Maio, Nissan President and CEO Makoto Ushida, and Mitsubishi President and CEO Takao Eto announce a ceasefire and embark on a new path of cooperation and new projects that will yield a series of new models as early as 2026 .

A look at the new Mitsubishi Colt.

Under the camouflage you can see the Clio (photo: Mitsubishi)

The basis for the new agreements was Renault's decision to drop from a 43% stake in Nissan to 15%, the same share that Nissan has in Renault.

The remaining Nissan shares held by the French manufacturer will be transferred to a separate fund, which will enjoy the profits, but will not have voting rights in the Japanese company.

And when Nissan feels equal to Renault, they agreed to launch a series of joint projects, which will produce cars, some of which will also reach Israel.

Electric partnership:

Nissan will invest and own 15% of Renault's electric vehicle business, a new spin-off called Ampere, which will be located in France, will employ 10,000 people in the development and production of electric vehicles and software for them, and is expected to be issued at the end of 2023. By 2030, the alliance will launch 35 electric models, which - 90% of them will be based on five common platforms.

Uniting components should reduce the cost of producing batteries for the three companies' models by 50% by 2026 and 65% by 2028.

New Mitsubishi Colt and ASX:

Versions with minor changes to the Renault Clio and Capture, which will be produced in Spain and Turkey.

"But there will be other things," said Mayo, without elaborating.

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Electric Nissan Micra:

The agreement releases the stalled project to produce the next generation of the small Nissan, based on the new Renault 5 electric, with a range of 400 km. De Maio said that the two models will share 80% of the components, which will reduce the cost of development for the new Nissan in 40%.

Cheap electric:

The two will develop a mini electric, possibly based on the Renault Kwid/Dacia Spring, for the South American market. For Mitsubishi, this is a potential successor to the small electric i-miev, of which a few units also arrived in Israel.

Small van:

Renault and Nissan will develop and launch a new half-ton van that will be manufactured in Argentina, following the success of the Renault Alaskan based on the Nissan Navara, which can carry a ton of cargo. This is a potential competitor to the successful Ford Maverick, it is not yet clear whether the two will launch the new vans in the US or Europe, which the sale of them in Israel.

The Indian Renault Tiber (photo: Renault)

Cheap 7-seater:

Nissan will have its own version of the Renault Triver, a small 7-seater based on a stretched Renault Clio chassis, which is manufactured and sold in India.

Renault in Mexico:

Nissan will produce an as-yet-unannounced model at its plant in Mexico, for South America.

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Source: walla

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