Renault-Nissan alliance plant has revealed its 1 millionth car for India from their jointly owned manufacturing facility in Oragadam, near Chennai. The car to reach the milestone was made under the Nissan Micra model.
The plant, which is the biggest partnership production facility on the planet, began operation in March 2010 with a Rs. 4,500-crore initial investment. A further Rs. 1,600 crores were added to the investment to build its capacity with a powertrain producing facility and tooling.
” Our Chennai facility has, and will continue, to play a fundamental role in the development of our business in India. Today’s milestone reflects the popularity of Nissan and Renault products in India and export markets, as well as the skill and dedication of our staff. It is also a measure of the high level of support we have enjoyed from the Tamil Nadu government.”
Christian Mardrus, Chairman of Nissan’s Africa, the Middle East and India district, and previous Alliance Executive Vice-President said.
The plant has presented 32 new Renault, Nissan, and Datsun models and subsidiaries to its production line and obliges both the residential and global markets. It has formed into India’s second biggest auto exporter plant with more than 600,000 units transported to 106 nations since 2010.
“From an initial 75,000 units in FY 2010, production volume has risen to over200,000 by the end of CY 2015.”
Renault-Nissan revealed in an announcement.
The plant is also supplemented by a major R&D focus, in Chennai, which plays an enormous role in model improvement in India, guaranteeing items are locally applicable.
The latest model to be made at the plant is the Renault Kwid, which rolled out in September last year. This will be followed in 2016 by the third Datsun-marked vehicle to be sold in India.
“This is a proud day for everyone associated with the plant. On average we have launched two new models each year across three brands since 2010.”
Colin MacDonald, plant Managing Director of Renault-Nissan Alliance India Private Ltd (RNAIPL), added.
The company also revealed its plans to bring in electric vehicles and it has already been in talks with the government.
Commenting on launching e-vehicles in India, Guillaume Sicard, President of Indian Operations for Nissan, said,
“We are in touch with the government and working on the possibilities of bringing this technology to India. This technology is expensive, which means the government needs to put some incentives in place to support this technology. We are in discussions and the government is very proactive on this.”