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by Tim Beissmann

Renault will reportedly build the successor to the Fiat Scudo light-commercial van from 2016 under a new deal announced late last month.

Automotive News Europe reports the mid-sized Fiat van will based on the next-generation Renault Trafic. The duo to be built side-by-side at the French brand’s plant in Sandouville.

“The agreement will help both companies save manufacturing costs and demonstrates how French plants remain competitive,” a Renault spokesman said.

Renault already builds the high-roof version of the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro at Sandouville, and production of the Nissan NV300/Primastar is currently being relocated there from Barcelona.

From 2016, the next-generation versions of all four models will be badge-engineered, sharing basic body panels, underpinnings and major mechanicals, while being differentiated by individual styling elements.

The current-generation Scudo is built by PSA at its plant in Sevelnord, France alongside the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce.

PSA elected not to continue its joint venture with Fiat in 2011, and will instead focus on its alliance with Toyota for the next-generation versions of the mid-sized trio.

 




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