However, a Mercedes-Benz pickup is still up in the air.
The Renault-Nissan partnership with Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, will be further solidified when Renault begins supplying Smart with electric motors in 2016.
According to Automotive News, the motors will be the same as the ones used in the Renault Zoe, an all-electric five-door hatchback sold in Europe. They will be used to power electric versions of the Smart ForTwo and smart ForFour, both of which are underpinned by the same platform that can be found on the Renault Twingo. These models will go on sale in Europe in 2016.
Meanwhile, another joint project, a Mercedes-Benz's mid-size pickup based on the Nissan Navara, is still awaiting a decision by M-B's US CEO Steve Cannon. Cannon is weighing multiple factors, including the shrinking mid-size pickup market, and exactly what kind of customer would buy a Mercedes-Benz pickup to begin with, thus putting the determination on a timeline of eight to ten months, rather than the end-of-2015 timeframe that had been previously announced.
Finally, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has been warning tech companies seeking to enter the auto industry that it's not as easy as they think. Ghosn stated that autonomous vehicles are something that needs to be part of the car's engineering at inception, not a technology that can simply be added on to an existing car. Ghosn cited the hiring of talent from traditional automakers by Silicon Valley companies to prove his point.
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