Monday 19 March 2018

Moroccan Groupe Renault plant produces one millionth car

Turkey-bound diesel Dacia Lodgy hits the landmark

By Ryan Hirons

Groupe Renault is celebrating the one millionth car built at a factory in Morocco.

Based in the city of Tangier, the Renault-Nissan factory builds vehicles for more than 70 countries.

Its landmark car, sold to a customer in Turkey, was a diesel-powered, five-seat Dacia Lodgy, finished in azurite blue.

Half of all Renault-owned Dacia cars are produced in Morocco, either at the Tangier plant or in Casablanca, where Renault cars have been produced since 1966. Since its inauguration in 2012, the Tangier factory has produced 478,840 Dacia Sanderos, 320,780 Dacia Dokkers and 193,181 Dacia Lodgys. The Dacia Logan MCV is also produced at the factory.

The plant has a production capacity of 340,000 vehicles annually and 7,939 employees who work eight-hour shifts, six days a week.=

It was the first factory designed by Groupe Renault with zero CO2 emissions as a fundamental goal and 90 per cent of the complex’s power comes from renewable sources, such as a biomass heating plant on site.

François Mariotte, sales and marketing director of Dacia, said: “Dacia is a fast-growing brand that has benefited considerably from the performance of the Tangier plant. Since its construction in 2012, the plant has experienced an exceptional ramp-up and achieved the expected quality level in record time thanks to its trained and skilled staff. The Tangier plant is inseperable from Dacia’s success story.”

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