Renault’s interim CEO, clothilde Delbos, will announce details of the cost reduction plan on May 28, and the alliance partner, Nissan, will announce its plan on the same day.
According to the latest report of the French news media, Renault is considering closing its auto parts and assembly plant in France as part of a cost reduction plan of 2 billion euros (equivalent to 17.1 billion RMB yuan).
The plants include Renault’s assembly plant in Flins near Paris, which currently produces the Renault Zoe electric vehicle and the Nissan Micra mini hatchback. According to the French newspaper Les Echos, the plant, which has 2,600 workers, may be converted to other uses after the end of the life cycle of the current Zoe in 2022.
Just back in 2019, Flins factory produced about 160,000 vehicles, and Renault ever upgraded the production base in 2018 to increase the production of the hot-selling model Zoe. Since its commissioning in 1952, the Flins plant has produced approximately 18 million cars, including key car models such as the Renault Dauphine, Twingo, and Clio.
Last year Renault decided to relocate Clio’s entire assembly to Turkey, causing the plant to lose most of its production. Besides, Renault’s plant in Dieppe, in the north-west of France, is likely to be closed shortly, with 400 employees and one of the smallest in the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Two auto spare parts factories are also reported to be closed:
Choice-le-roi plant near Paris will be re-configured for the production of spare parts, which currently employs approximately 250 employees and another automotive spare parts factory in Morbihan, in western France, which employs approximately 400 employees.
Till now, Renault has not responded immediately to requests for evaluation from global media. Renault’s interim CEO, clothilde Delbos, will announce details of the cost reduction plan on May 28, and the alliance partner, Nissan, will announce its plan on the same day.