Renault Koleos could be built in China with Dongfeng image

The Koleos compact SUV will be the first Chinese made Renault if an agreement between Dongfeng and Nissan is reached, the Guangzhou Daily reports.

The two companies plan to set up a joint venture that would have a preliminary goal of selling 20,000 Koleos a year in China, which would account for almost 80 percent of all Renaults sold in the country. Chinese media reported lately of a possible collaboration between Dongfeng and Nissan which would have as an objective the manufacturing of Renaults in China.

According to sources from inside the Chinese company quoted by the Guangzhou Daily, Dongfeng officials have met with Nissan representatives. The proposed home of the new joint venture between the two companies is Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.

Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has lately made several attempts to persuade Dongfeng to set up a joint venture that would build Renault and Infiniti vehicles in China. At the end of November, Ghosn made an official visit to China, where he is said to have met with government officials to discuss the possibility of domestic production. Renault’s vice president of sales and marketing, Emmanuel Levacher, said that he expects China to become the company’s largest market in the future.