Franco-Japanese auto alliance Renault-Nissan, on Tuesday, said it had decided to end collaboration with Bajaj Auto for sourcing of ultra-low cost car, as it looked for options in countries such as China and Russia.
“We have decided against further collaboration with Bajaj on a four-wheeler vehicle. Outside India, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is addressing “price-entry” segments in many emerging economies, such as Indonesia, China and Russia,” a spokesperson of Nissan Motor said. In China, two vehicles under the Venucia Brand (D40 and D50) had already been launched by the Dong Feng-Nissan Joint Venture, the company said.
In Russia, collaboration between Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ was already making progress on vehicles to be launched under the Datsun Brand, it added.
“We are not going to provide any more product details at this time but we look forward to disclosing more information as we get closer to their respective production dates,” the spokesperson added.
When contacted, Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj declined to comment on the issue, stating he had not “heard from them“.
As per an agreement reached between Renault-Nissan alliance and Bajaj Auto in 2009, the Indian automaker was supposed to design, develop and manufacture the product, which was intended as an ultra low cost car, while the alliance would sell it under their badging.