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Renault plants to build new Nissan and Mitsubishi vans

Renault’s manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville in France are to build new vans for Nissan and Mitsubishi.

The plant in Maubeuge will become the small van centre of excellence for the Alliance with allocation of the next-gen Kangoo and new Nissan NV250

The announcement by Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn will see the facility in Mauberge, near the Belgian border, become the small van centre of excellence for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The plant, which currently produces the second-generation Renault Kangoo, Kangoo ZE and Mercedes Citan, has been allocated production for the next-generation Renault Kangoo, including electric versions, and the new Nissan NV250; the latter is due mid-2019 and will be based on the current Renault Kangoo platform.

In addition, the Renault Sandouville plant in Normandy – the production centre for the Trafic and the Trafic-based Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300 – will produce a new Mitsubishi Motors van, also based on the Trafic platform and intended for markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Ghosn said Renault’s van expertise was helping to drive synergies across the Alliance. By the end of the strategic plan, Alliance 2022, the Alliance aims to double annual synergies to €10bn. To help achieve this target, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms and common production facilities.

“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 €1.4bn to support two pillars of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles,” added Ghosn.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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