Renault Will Use Geely’s CMA Platform For (Some Of) Its Future Cars
But why not Nissan?by Isaac Atienza, on
At this point, it’s no secret that French automaker Renault is part of an alliance that also includes Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi. Weirdly enough, however, Renault has decided to form a partnership with Chinese automaker Geely for the development of its future cars.
Or at least some of its future cars. Renault and Geely have recently signed a partnership that will see some of its future hybrids and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles utilizing the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform.
Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, said:
"We are happy to initiate such an innovative partnership with Geely Group, which has impressive track record in Automotive Industry. Through this project, Geely Holding and Renault Group pave the way to pursue 20 years of successful RSM journey and contribution to the South-Korean industry."
The new vehicles will be produced at the Renault-Samsung facility in Busan, South Korea, with production forecast to begin in 2024, and they will be sold in the local market as well as for export. The two companies have not yet revealed which countries the CMA-based Renaults will be exported to, however.
The CMA platform has been developed collaboratively by Geely and Swedish luxury automaker Volvo, which the Chinese automaker owns. The highly-modular CMA platform is what underpins the Volvo XC40, all-electric C40 Recharge, Geely Preface, and their flagship premium SUV, the Xingyue L.
Eric Li, Chairperson of Geely Holding Group, said:
"Geely has a proven track record in creating mutually beneficial collaborations that focus on technology, experience and shared ideas with the ultimate goal of creating higher quality, more sustainable products. We are looking forward to working with Renault and realizing new synergies that combine strengths from both parties to create value for the end user."
This partnership will enable both Geely and Renault to expand its presence further in Asia, as well as give Renault access to Geely’s advanced electrified powertrains. Meanwhile, Renault will combine its French design and customer service expertise in catering to the South Korean, and eventually the potential export markets where these vehicles will eventually be sold.