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