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Renault plans to build the new NV300 van for alliance partner Nissan at its Sandouville plant in northern France, the Group announced on Wednesday.

The new Nissan NV300, the successor of the Primastar model that is currently built at a plant in Barcelona, will be produced at Renault’s Sandouville plant, the French automaker announced. “The production of the NV300 at the Sandouville plant is a win-win for Renault and for Nissan. We maximize Renault manufacturing expertise and Nissan gets a top quality production site in the heart of the European market,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance. The contract will boost factory’s production by 100,000 units between 2016 and 2026, and involves a three-year, 230-million-euro (256-million-dollar) investment, Renault said in a statement. The next generation of the NV300 van will be made on the same line as the new Renault Trafic.

Sandouville also manufactures a version of Vivaro for General Motor’s Opel and Vauxhaul brands and the plant will soon begin production of the next-generation Fiat mid-size van. Nissan and Renault are also developing a one-ton pickup for the diamond-brand that will share select architectural features of the NP300. To support the new output targets, the company is planning to hire 183 new staff at the plant, whose production line made last year more than 460 vans per day for Renault and its partners. Engines for the Trafic and Nissan NV300 are built by Renault Groupe’s Cleon plant in Normandy.