Van Production Expands for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in France


2018/11/9 09:26

Van Production Expands for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in France


PARIS, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

   - Industry-leading plant in Maubeuge to become the small van center of

excellence for the Alliance with allocation of next-generation Renault Kangoo

and New Nissan NV250

    - Renault Sandouville Plant to produce a new Mitsubishi Motors van based on

Renault Trafic platform

    - New investment in manufacturing in France to expand production capacities

for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, emphasizing the importance of France to the


    Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced new van production for

manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France. Maubeuge serves

as Renault's small van center of excellence and Sandouville is the production

center for the Renault Trafic van.

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    By the end of the strategic plan, Alliance 2022, the Alliance aims to

double annual synergies to EUR10 billion. To help achieve this target, Renault,

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms

and common production facilities.

    In the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, Alliance Chairman &

CEO Carlos Ghosn announced these new investments in France. They toured the

plant and met with employees and also visited the plant's advanced training


    "Groupe Renault's global van expertise is driving synergies across the

Alliance to benefit all our customers. The Maubeuge and Sandouville plants

provided the most attractive solution thanks to their competitiveness and

ability to leverage Alliance common platforms. This year, Groupe Renault has

announced a total investment in France of EUR1.4 billion to support two pillars

of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles," said Carlos Ghosn.

    The Maubeuge plant, which ranks among the most efficient plants in France,

will serve as the manufacturing hub for the next-generation Renault Kangoo

family, which includes electric versions. Groupe Renault is investing EUR450

million for Kangoo production over five years. In 2019, 200 workers will be

hired in order to support the van expansion.

    The Nissan NV250, a new small van based on the current Renault Kangoo

platform, also will be produced at Maubeuge, beginning in mid-2019.

    Furthermore, as stated in their recent joint press conference in Paris, the

Alliance and Daimler are reaffirming their partnership. Renault currently

produces the Mercedes Citan van at the Maubeuge plant.

    Mitsubishi Motors also will benefit from Renault's van expertise, with the

announcement that it will source a vehicle on the same platform as the Renault

Trafic, built in Renault's Sandouville plant, for markets in Australia and New


    Source: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi