PARIS (Bloomberg) -- Nissan Motor Co. is in advanced talks for its Infiniti luxury brand to use an existing Daimler AG car platform, Colin Dodge, a Nissan executive vice president, told reporters on the eve of the Paris auto show.
The companies will meet this week to discuss details of the cooperation, such as the selection of Daimler diesel engines to be offered with the Infiniti model, Dodge said Wednesday. Infiniti plans to sell vehicles made on Daimler's mechanical underpinnings in the United States, Europe and China, he said.
“We're finalizing our discussions on Saturday,” Dodge said. Han Tjan, a Daimler spokesman, didn't immediately have a comment on the platform sharing.
Talks between the Nissan-Renault SA alliance and Daimler are making good progress, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the French and Japanese automakers, said in an interview with Le Monde. Renault-Nissan executives had discovered that Daimler platforms were less expensive than they thought, he said, and Daimler engineers were surprised by the reliability of Renault vehicles.
Renault is the largest shareholder in Nissan, which holds a 14 percent stake in the Boulogne Billancourt-based automaker.
Separately, Didier Leroy, president of Toyota Motor Corp.'s European unit, said in Paris it isn't holding talks with Daimler about a tie-up on hybrid technology.
The automaker may provide hybrid technologies to Daimler at the request of the German automaker, the Nikkan Jidosha newspaper reported Sept. 16, without saying where it obtained the information.
Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, expects sales in Europe to drop about 10 percent to 800,000 vehicles this year from 886,000 last year, Leroy said.