Mercedes and Renault-Nissan alliance could bear some strange fruit
The recently announced strategic and technical alliance between Renault-Nissan and Daimler has already borne plenty of rumour-fruit, but the latest whisperings are particularly interesting.
Japanese car magazine Best Car has reported that the replacements for the current Infiniti M saloon and G coupe will share a common platform architecture with the Mercedes E-class.
There's no official confirmation from Merc or Renault-Nissan, but it's a move that makes sense: Mercedes-Benz is already set donate four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to Infiniti, so a broader platform-sharing strategy is a natural step forward from that.
That's an interesting update. Makes me wonder how they'll deal with brand differentiation. I got the impression that Infiniti were positioning themselves as a "cheaper BMW", whereas Merc have more recently taken the shotgun approach of every class and any niche that sticks it's head up. As such, there appears to be a lot of brand overlap for Infiniti.
soad26 May 2010
Can't wait for the Brabus Infiniti,
Imagine a G37 with 800bhp, crazy!!!
Aye - the possibility of even more power.
Tinykin26 May 2010
Why would Nissan want MB 4 and 6 cyl petrol engines? Or is that the MB engines are cheaper or more emissions friendly.
Panda Gunman26 May 2010
Sweet, an AMG Skyline! (Before anyone goes "Eh? He's crazy", the G37 is a rebadged Nissan Skyline). This might mean the crazy jap tuners giving Brabus a run for their money.