Renault-Nissan and Daimler work on efficient powertrains

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler are partnering on two projects to speed up the development of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions.

A jointly developed four-cylinder gasoline direct-injection turbocharged engine range co-led by Renault and Daimler is targeted at lowering emissions and improving fuel economy. The engines will be jointly manufactured by the companies and will debut in vehicles in 2016.

Meanwhile, the transmission project will be led by Daimler, which is licensing the technology to Nissan for use in Nissan and Infiniti vehicles from 2016. The transmissions feature ‘start and stop’ and ‘park and shift by wire’ technologies.