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February 4, 2011

FRANCE: New Dacias to be made in Morocco

Renault will eventually be able to produce 350,000 low cost vehicles per year at the plant it is building in Tangiers, in Morocco, an executive said.

Renault will eventually be able to produce 350,000 low cost vehicles per year at the plant it is building in Tangiers, in Morocco, an executive said.

The automaker is counting on its low cost Dacia range to help it conquer fast growing emerging markets like Brazil and Russia, as it seeks to boost international growth and cut dependence on stagnating European demand, Reuters noted.

Renault next year plans to add two more vehicles to the low cost, or entry level, Dacia range, currently made up of the Logan sedan and estate cars, the small Sandero and the Duster SUV.

A new family minivan and a light commercial vehicle slightly larger than a Renault Kangoo van, both based on the Logan platform and built at the Tangiers site, will complete the Dacia range, the report said.

“The maximum capacity for Renault’s two lines will be 350,000-360,000, like Pitesti,” Gerard Detourbet, vice president for Renault’s entry level programme, told Reuters, referring to the historic home base of Dacia, its Romanian subsidiary.

“With Pitesti operating at the maximum level, we asked ourselves, should we boost our capacity in Romania or elsewhere? That’s how Tangiers came about,” he said.

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