Nissan to build new hatchback model in Renault’s French plant

Article by Anita Panait, on January 25, 2013

Nissan will produce a new hatchback at one of the French sites of its alliance partner Renault, according to a report by local daily Les Echos. The report said that the hatchback, bound for sale in Europe, would be produced from 2014 at Renault's plant in either Flins or Douai. Nissan plans to build 80,000 units annually of the hatchback, which still has to receive a name.

According to Les Echos, Nissan would announce the production plans as early as next week. French carmaker Renault told unions during discussions this week that it could boost its production capacity by 80,000 vehicles a year at its domestic plants for partners Nissan or Daimler if workers consent to a new labor agreement.

Renault's plants in France are among those strongly hit by the auto industry’s excessive capacity, which continues to swell as several countries in Europe slide into recession. Renault’s plant in Flins currently builds the new Clio and the Zoe electric vehicle. The Douai plant, on the other hand, is hurting from the drop in sales of Renault's Scenic model.

However, the plant is set to produce Renault’s future mid and high-end ranges. Once Nissan start producing the hatchback, this would be the first time the Japanese carmaker built cars in France. The French government, currently Renault's largest shareholder at 15 percent, wants the carmaker to support domestic employment by building cars for Nissan.

Renault Clio is the first hatchback model inspired by Laurens van den Acker that gives Renaissance a full expression. The goal was to integrate the emotion and style of the brand’s scheme of cars to the production models. The new Clio successfully meets the objective.

The front-end styling features a bold, upright, glossy black background of the Renault logo with a signature look to make the New Clio remarkably noticeable and distinctive. What makes it more unique is the frontal treatment on the headlights units, chrome details and LED daytime lights.

New Renault Clio has a sporty touch and appearance. It also emphasizes the integrated rear door handles covered close to the rear quarter lights.

Today, New Renault Clio is now available and comes with 8 body color options. It also comes in Flame Red, inspired from the DeZir car concept.

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