One of the most unconventional alliances - yet arguably the most successful - in the motor industry is the Renault/Nissan partnership, which melds French flair and Japanese efficiency to produce a range of vehicles which enable both brands to resist the onslaught of emerging manufacturers (think Korean and Chinese) and, crucially, the global economic crisis.
Just consider the number of once-ubiquitous brands to have disappeared over the past five years...
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