Renault expands production in Morocco to meet Dacia demand image

Needing to meet strong demand in Europe for the Sandero model, Renault is expanding Dacia production at its plant in Tangier, Morocco.

The subcompact is Dacia’s best-selling model in Europe, with increases of 59% for the eight-month sales to 79,586 units, according to JATO Dynamics figures. The French automaker said it started building a second production line at its plant in Tangier, Morocco, allowing for an increase in Dacia production capacity to 340,000 from 200,000 vehicles a year by 2014. Form there, at least 90% of the production will be exported, most of it reaching Europe, said a Renault spokeswoman.

Renault will use the new line for the assembly of Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway, with an estimated investment of 400 million euros. The first line, used for the Dacia Lodgy and Dokker, started rolling off cars in January and has already made its 100,000th vehicle in June.

Renault says an additional workforce of 1,400 people has been recruited, which allowed for an increase of the total work force at the state-of-the art zero-emissions plant to 5,000 workers. The manufacturing facility currently operates on a two-shift basis. Dacia also plans to continue production of the Sandero at its biggest factory, located in Pitesti, Romania, where maximum output capacity is 400,000 units per year.

Via Automotive news Europe