PARIS - English will be the language that will merge the cultures and technology of Renault and Nissan over the next 10 years. That is the timetable the companies have set to achieve a common range of transmissions and engines.
Gerrard Detourbet, Renault SA's powertrain unit manager, said the engineering teams at both companies already are swapping notes in English.
'There is a long way to go because both companies still have very broad product ranges,' he said late last month. 'But we hope to have this integration complete by 2010.'
Clear areas of expertise already have emerged, Detourbet said. Nissan is better at large engines, so the Japanese company's V-6s will be used in top-of-the-line Renault models 'within the next two to three years,' he said.
Renault now shares a V-6 with rival Peugeot, but PSA would be happy to end the arrangement to work with Ford Motor Co.
Renault also will use Nissan's 3.5-liter VQ engines developed for North America, he said.
But smaller engines will come from Renault, including a new 1.2-liter common rail diesel due in the early 2000s.
Renault also will begin taking Nissan's ND six-speed transmission in 2002.
'We are trying to integrate the work that is under way at both companies and to pool resources and know-how,' Detourbet said.