Renault and Geely create joint venture for hybrid, combustion engines

PARIS: Renault and Geely announced a highly anticipated joint venture today that will develop combustion and hybrid engines, aiming to improve the competitiveness of their legacy auto business.

The 50-50 venture is a core element of Renault's strategy to stay in the race against larger competitors by signing multiple partnerships to reduce costs and access new markets.

For Geely, the deal extends its pattern of building partnerships to expand beyond China. Geely previously announced a hybrid gasoline engine development deal with Mercedes-Benz , and holds a stake in the German automaker.

"A combination of various powertrain technologies is necessary ... to achieve a successful decarbonization in a world where more than half of vehicles produced are expected to still rely on combustion engines by 2040," their joint statement said.

The venture, dubbed HORSE Powertrain, will be headquartered in London and will supply both the groups' brands as well as third-party manufacturers.

The business expects to reach about €15 billion (RM76.4bil) in annual revenue and production of about five million powertrain units a year, the automakers said.

Matias Giannini would be the venture's CEO and Geely Holding CEO Daniel Li would be chairman of the board.

Giannini was a former global sales executive for Vitesco Technologies, a powertrain business spun off from automotive supplier Continental.

The venture has been expected since the beginning of the year but regulatory approval in China was delayed at least three times, sources said.
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