New Nissan and Mitsubishi vans are to be built at Renault manufacturing facilities in France.
As part of a plan for greater synergy between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the Nissan NV250, a new small van based on the current Renault Kangoo platform, will be produced at the Maubeuge factory, beginning in mid-2019.
A Mitsubishi van, based on the same platform as the Renault Trafic, will be built at Renault’s Sandouville plant, for markets in Australia and New Zealand.
The Maubeuge factory, which currently produces the Renault Kangoo and Kangoo Z.E., and the Mercedes Citan through a partnership with Daimler, will also be the manufacturing hub for the next-generation Renault Kangoo, including electric versions, with a €450m (£392m) investment planned.
Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Groupe Renault’s global van expertise is driving synergies across the Alliance to benefit all our customers.
“The Maubeuge and Sandouville plants provided the most attractive solution thanks to their competitiveness and ability to leverage Alliance common platforms.
“This year, Groupe Renault has announced a total investment in France of €1.4bn (£1.2bn) to support two pillars of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles.”