TOKYO – Few outsiders likely appreciate just how broad and deep the collaboration between Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Renault SA is becoming. In an exclusive interview with Ward’s, Yo Usuba, Nissan’s senior vice president in charge of powertrain development, talks candidly about how the division of labor in designing and engineering new engines and transmissions is benefiting both auto makers. Among Nissan’s current lineup, Usuba says two of Nissan’s six primary gasoline engine series, the ...

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