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by Karl Peskett

A production plant with a capacity of up to 400,000 cars per year has been inaugurated in Chennai, India by the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Production starts in May of this year, with 1500 employees to immediately benefit from the billion dollar investment in the plant. The region is said to benefit also, with around 6000 jobs to be created either in the plant, or based on proximity to it.

The first vehicle to be produced will be the new Nissan Micra, which utilises the company’s new V-platform (V stands for ‘versatile’, and includes any car under 1600kg), with the Renault Koleos and Fluence to follow shortly afterwards.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn offered the obligatory plant-opening statement.

“Our plant in Chennai represents a key milestone for the Renault Nissan Alliance in India,” said Mr Ghosn. “With the new Micra, we have the start of a product offensive in India that is supported by a localised manufacturing facility capable of making products for both Renault and Nissan.”

The plant will immediately export cars to over 100 countries, including India (of course), parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.




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