Renault-Nissan inaugurates new plant in Tangier, Morocco

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2012

Renault has been in Morocco since more than 80 years ago. Now, it's at the heart of the Tangier Med Port area, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, benefiting from an extensive network of competitive suppliers as well as a pool of highly qualified personnel who are experts in modern automotive production techniques.

Production at the facility will start with two new entry models -- the new family automobile Lodgy and a small van which will be available in passenger automobile form.  Aside from allowing higher production volumes, the new plant will allow the entry lineup to expand, along with the models manufactured at the current SOMACA (Casablanca, Morocco) and Pitesti (Romania) plants that are presently operating to maximum capacity.

This will ensure that the Renault Group is capable of meeting the growing demand of its customers for entry-level automobiles that are famous for their exceptional value for money.

Along with the Chennai plant in India, the new facility in Tangier will be a key contributor to the worldwide growth of both groups. Although controlled by Renault, it will implement the Alliance Production Way (APW) that is a mixture of the best manufacturing methods used by Nissan and Renault.

An employee training program has been placed to make sure that quality and performance are of the highest possible standards. In order to offer training for factory employees as well as suppliers, Morocco and Renault jointly pioneered the IFMIA (Institut de Formation aux Métiers de l'Automobile), funded entirely by the Moroccan state. On the other hand, Renault's Global Training Center (GTC) in Flins, France, has offered training for 168 people involved with the project. These include training, management and technical personnel.

Dacia Lodgy welcomes the arrival of its new-generation vehicles, which benefit from modern equipment and attractive interior design. The inherent strengths of this new range of Dacia cars are expressed with great care. It features sophisticated materials, high-quality fittings and finishing, as well as ergonomically placed controls. Standard features have been added in a pretty comprehensible and straightforward manner, in line with the carmaker’s philosophy. And, as always, the cars’ specifications are carefully tailored according to what customers want.

Dacia Lodgy boasts an all-new multimedia system called MEDIA NAV, which is competitively priced at €430. MEDIA NAV features a radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary sockets for MP3 players and the like, and satellite navigation via a 7” touch-sensitive screen. MEDIA NAV’s main menu gives you easy access to six basic functions: radio, telephone, media, satellite navigation, route map, and settings.

And thanks to Bluetooth technology, you can make hands-free phone calls and you can synchronize your contacts book as well as your previous call registry. You can also get audio-stream remote music players via your car's speaker system. Moreover, you can opt to connect your iPod or your smartphone using USB or jack sockets that are located on your car’s dash panel. You can operate them via the touch-sensitive screen or steering wheel-mounted controls, and you can see the track titles on the MEDIA NAV display.

Additionally, the intuitive navigation system features both 2D and 3D graphics. A dedicated website allows you to access information updates as well as upload these via the USB port.

Furthermore, in keeping with the brand’s spirit, which provides customers with equipment they need, you can opt for a second multimedia system called Dacia-Plug&Radio.

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