According to a report on Bloomberg, Daimler is in talks with Renault on a possible cooperation for a new large van model, yet another instance of the existing pact between the two automakers.
A Daimler spokeswoman, Uta Leitner, has confirmed from Stuttgart that there are discussions with Renault, but that these are “early talks.” Raluca Barb, speaking for Renault, has also confirmed that there have been talks, and she added that there are still decisions to make, particularly where production sites are concerned.
The 2010 partnership with Renault-Nissan has unfolded quite nicely, and we have that to thank for new models such as the Citan delivery van and the Kangoo.
Of course, one must consider that Daimler is already working with another manufacturer (Volkswagen) to produce a large van (the VW Crafter, currently assembled at a Mercedes-Benz facility). This pact, however, is set to expire at the end of 2016. In addition, the new Euro VI-compliant Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has just been unveiled by the company, and it promises to be the best Sprinter yet.
We’ll keep you posted once new updates on this new jointly developed large van come to light.