The fact that Mercedes intends to use technologies developed by Renault or Nissan isn't a new thing, as voices familiar with the matter have talked about such a project ever since mid-2010. Furthermore, it is believed that Nissan could also borrow some Mercedes engines for its future Infiniti lineup but, once again, only a few things are known.
The deal between Daimler, Renault and Nissan was signed in April 2010 and, according to the official terms, Renault agreed to supply Daimler with 3 and 4-cylinder engines. Furthermore, a 4-seater smart plus the new Twingo were believed to use the same platform, while other projects prepared for the future were also expected to share technical parts.
“Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are combining common interests to form a promising foundation for a successful, strategically sound cooperation that is based on a number of very concrete and attractive project cooperations. Our skills complement each other very well," Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman of the board said when announcing the alliance back in 2010.