If GM bosses mulling over an alliance with Nissan and Renault want to see some benefits of platform sharing, they could do worse than take a look at the new Livina Geniss. Nissan yesterday announced plans to launch a “new family of global cars” over the next two years, led by the 1.8 liter, seven-seater (pictured above). Designed by Nissan in Japan, the Livina will be built on Nissan and Renault’s common B platform, which is currently underpins Nissan’s Micra and Renault’s Clio and Logan. In another nod to the future direction of the car industry, the new model, which will come with a CVT transmission and will debut at the Guangzhou motor show this month, will be manufactured and sold in China ahead of other markets. Not sure about the name, though.