Daimler is open to broadening cooperation with partners Renault and Nissan to include other automakers and car segments - and to new projects with EV maker Tesla Motors, CEO Dieter Zetsche has said.

Speaking at the launch of the V-class van in Munich, Zetsche said the tie-up with Renault for the new-generation Twingo and Smart minicars could be widened. The partnership does not have to be limited to one product and one segment. "Others could be possible," including compact cars, he said, according to a Reuters report.

Zetsche also spoke of the potential for working with Nissan's Infiniti. "In relation to Infiniti, we have a much broader base to start with our new MFA platform," he said.

The MFA (modular front wheel architecture) is used for the recently redesigned Mercedes A- and B-class models and the CLA spinoff while Infiniti will use it for its new Q30 compact car.

Zetsche said Daimler also would be open to sharing factory capacity with Renault-Nissan for compact cars, if an opportunity arose.

"Mid-term or long-term - based on further ideas for this segment - we think that an addition of capacity is very likely, most likely necessary. And then there is the discussion where to locate that," Zetsche was quoted as saying.

He added North America was a possibility and reiterated that Daimler was open to cooperating with Tesla.

"Their project leader was a former member of our team so we have a lot of very good links, a very constructive good relationship, which certainly has room for further expansion," Zetsche said.

Zetsche also said Daimler also would be open to sharing its GL offroad platform with Aston Martin dependent on the luxury sprtscar maker's product plans.

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