How many cars a year could be derived from the first joint Renault-Nissan platform, on which the next-generation Clio and Micra will be based?
The platform might well generate 1 million units per year worldwide after start-up in 2002. That would involve enormous cost savings. Most synergies will be made in product planning and production by using common platforms, engines and drivetrains. The reduction from 28 platforms to just eight is a great thing for us.
Can you see the possibility of joint showrooms or repair shops?
It could be possible that Nissan and Renault dealers will cooperate by building a joint bodyshop and paint shop - but strictly separated from their premises.
In the future, the business will not offer a sufficient return for the upkeep of a big showroom, a large repair shop, bodyshop and paint shop. We have to recommend pulling all this apart. We may have one bodyshop and paint shop for more than one dealership, or have a spacious used car lot for several dealers so customers can really have a choice of different cars.