Renault chairman sees EVs, China as areas to strengthen alliance with Nissan

Renault plans to strengthen collaboration with alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi even as it undertakes a major overhaul, Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said in interviews with Japanese media. 

Among the areas where the three automakers will seek more commonalities to increase profits include platform sharing, electric vehicles and the Chinese market. 

“In a very few years, more than seven million cars in the alliance will be manufactured [from] common platforms, and the commonality of parts is to reach 75-85 percent,” Senard said in an online interview with Nikkei Asia last week. 

Under Renault Group’s “Renaulution” plan that was presented Thursday by CEO Luca de Meo, the percentage of vehicles on three common platforms among alliance members will be 80 percent in 2025, compared to 39 percent in 2020.

There will be three main platforms: CMF-B/EV, for small and electric cars, at around three million per year; CMF-CD, for compact and midsize cars, also at three million; and CMF-EV, for compact and midsize electric vehicles, at 700,000 vehicles per year.

Senard said doing business in China remained a priority for Renault, where it has struggled for years and halted passenger car sales and production last year. “The electric car will be a major support” in gaining ground in China, the world’s largest auto market, he told Nikkei

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