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 top-selling model in Europe, where eight-month sales for the car are up 59 percent to 79,586, according to JATO Dynamics. Construction of a second line in Tangier, Morocco, will increase Dacia capacity there to 340,000 from 200,000 vehicles a year by 2014, the company said. More than 90% of the production will be exported with most of the output coming to Europe, a Renault spokeswoman said today.
Renault will produce the Dacia Sandero and Sandero Stepway on the new line, which will cost the automaker 400 million euros to add. The original line, which produces the Dacia Lodgy and Dokker, began operation in January and produced its 100,000th vehicle in June.
Switching some Sandero production from Pitesti to Tangier would also help maintain future production at the Moroccan plant when demand for the Dacia Lodgy wanes, as it is expected to do in line with the downturn in the minivan market in western Europe.
Renault says an additional 1,400 people have been recruited, increasing the total work force at the zero-emissions plant to 5,000. The factory currently operates on a two-shift basis.
Dacia also plans to continue production of the Sandero at it largest plant, which is in Pitesti, Romania, where maximum capacity is 400,000 vehicles a year.
Via Automotive news Europe
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