While the rumormill is rife with talk of Infiniti/Mercedes alliances for small, front-drive cars, one of the products to come out of the tie-up might be a luxury car for Renault.
Bloomberg is reporting that the new Renault luxury car would arrive sometime after 2014. The Mercedes-based car would follow a new Espace minivan and another luxury sedan (ostensibly to replace the Laguna). Renault COO Carlos Tavares described the car as
“… using their platform and designing a Renault upper body to extend to it what I might call the French touch,”
CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed that the vehicle would be built in France, welcome news in light of Renault’s new habit of outsourcing jobs to “emerging markets“. Renault’s last attempt at an executive car, the Vel Satis, (above) was considered a flop.