March 25, 2019

Van production expands for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in France

Automotive partnership Alliance has announced new van production for manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France.

Maubeuge serves as Renault’s small van centre of excellence and Sandouville is the production centre for the Renault Trafic van.

By the end of the partnership’s strategic plan, called Alliance 2022, the Alliance aims to double annual synergies to €10bn. To help achieve this target, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors said it will accelerate collaboration on common platforms and common production facilities.

“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 €1.4 billion to support two pillars of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles,” said Alliance chairman & CEO 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 €450 million for Kangoo production over five years, with plans to hire 200 workers in 2019 to support the van expansion.

The Nissan NV250, a new small van based on the current Renault Kangoo platform, will also be produced at Maubeuge, beginning in mid-2019.

Mitsubishi Motors also announced 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 Zealand.

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.