Franco-Japanese alliance announces intent to produce range of EVs, autonomous cars and robotic vehicles
Sam Sheehan
15 September 2017

The alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi has announced ambitious plans to produce a range of new electric, autonomous and robotic vehicles using shared platforms.

As part of its Alliance 2022 plan, the brands will launch 12 new electric cars, 40 autonomous-capable cars and ‘robo-vehicles’ for ride-hailing services. The models will be built using co-developed parts and underpinnings.

The companies will jointly invest €10 billion (£8.9bn) to the cause, which targets the sale of nine million cars (all based on just four common platforms) by 2022.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Today marks a new milestone for our member companies. By the end of our strategic plan Alliance 2022, we aim to double our annual synergies to €10bn.

“To achieve this target, on one side Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi will accelerate collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies.

“From the other side, synergies will be enhanced by our growing scale. Our total annual sales are forecast to exceed 14m units, generating revenues expected at $240bn by the end of the plan.”

The alliance was first formed in 1999 by Renault and Nissan. It acquired Mitsubishi in 2016 following revelations that Mitsubishi had been falsifying fuel economy data for 25 years.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi recently overtook the Volkswagen Group to become the world’s biggest car maker with the most deliveries recorded in the first half of 2017. It delivered 5.27m cars over the period to Volkswagen's 5.156m.

Our Verdict

Renault Clio

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best

Join the debate


15 September 2017
From an already strong position Zoe, Leaf etc that's some commitment. Just hope the autonomous rubbish only gets 1 Euro of the pot


Hydrogen cars just went POP

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals