MAKUHARI, Chiba Pref. — Nissan Motor Co. and French automaker Renault SA are reaping the benefits of their partnership in technological development and businesses in overseas markets, officials of the two companies said Thursday.

“We have just started seeing results from the alliance,” said Louis Schweitzer, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault. “The partnership is beginning to bear fruit.”

Schweitzer, speaking in his native French, was addressing a news conference at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Renault will utilize Nissan’s joint venture with Chinese automaker DongFeng Motor Corp. when the French automaker launches its car business in China, he said. Renault will announce its strategy for China next spring.

Nissan and Renault are cooperating on manufacturing and marketing in Central and South America and in Europe.

In 1999, Renault provided Nissan with financial support when it was struggling with massive debts. The French company now owns a 44.4 percent stake in the Japanese carmaker and Nissan has a 15 percent stake in Renault.

The two carmakers now work together on a variety of projects, including the development of 10 platforms and eight engines. They are also increasing their joint procurement of auto parts.

These projects are expected to come to fruition by 2010, when Nissan and Renault are expected to use the codeveloped products, Schweitzer said.

The two carmakers are “working very pragmatically,” Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s president and chief executive officer, told a separate news conference in Tokyo.

For example, Nissan develops gasoline engines, hybrid and fuel-cell systems, while Renault works on diesel engines, which are more popular in Europe than in Japan and the U.S., he said.

“This is a very pragmatic way of focusing your resources on what matters,” Ghosn said. Such cooperation allows Nissan to save billions of yen and gives it access to top-level products from the French carmaker, he said.

Ghosn will become president and CEO of Renault in 2005, while keeping his CEO post at Nissan. Schweitzer will continue to serve as Renault chairman.

“We have built a solid relationship,” Schweitzer said.

New Indonesia project

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Daihatsu Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have agreed to produce and sell in Indonesia a small car they jointly developed.

The new car will be produced at Daihatsu’s Indonesian production base, PT. Astra Daihatsu Motor, and marketed next year under the brand names of both firms, they said Thursday.

This is the third overseas joint project for Toyota and Daihatsu, a Toyota affiliate. They launched similar ventures in Pakistan in 2000 and Venezuela in 2001.

The latest car is the first vehicle to be developed jointly, they said.

The two firms said they are teaming up on this initiative with the aim of forging a new vehicle segment in Indonesia.

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