Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler expand cooperation with new $1.4B plant in Mexico; next-gen compacts for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti

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In November, Nissan opened the first stage of a US$2-billion (€1.5-billion) manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes. The new facility will have installed capacity of 250,000 units per year once full ramp-up is achieved. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG are significantly expanding their cooperation with joint development of premium compact vehicles and joint production in Mexico.

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Daimler/Renault-Nissan collaboration expanding

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Production machinery is now being installed and the start of production is planned for mid-2014. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers The smart fourjoy introduced at Frankfurt is being developed on the basis of a Daimler/Renault-Nissan shared architecture. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan to produce Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder gasoline engines in North America; latest step in collaboration

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Production will begin in 2014, with installed capacity of 250,000 units per year once full ramp–up is achieved. Thus we are systematically broadening our manufacturing footprint in this important growth market. Today it manufactures 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines for the complete lineup of US-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. Engines Vehicle Manufacturers

GE unveils LNG In A Box system

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LNG In A Box units for Gasfin will be manufactured in the United States and will be shipped to Gasfin’s LNG fueling sites in Europe. Gasfin signed a memorandum of understanding with GE to install five LNG In A Box units serving “clusters” of LNG fueling stations. The first unit will be installed near the border of Italy and Slovenia, with the potential for an additional 25 units for expansion into Europe and the CIS countries.

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Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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Because the charging station variable was the strongest predictor of EV adoption based on Beta values stress tests, their installation may be more effective than financial incentives, they noted.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler partnership solid and expanding; 12 projects on three continents

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The smart fortwo is being built at smart’s Hambach plant in France, while the Twingo and the smart forfour are being produced at Renault’s plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. In June 2014, as a major recent milestone, Nissan and Daimler announced plans to develop jointly premium compact vehicles and jointly to manufacture them in Mexico. The new facility will have installed capacity of 250,000 units per year, once fully ramped-up.

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