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PARIS/ TOKYO/ JOHANNESBURG, July 18, 2008 -- The Renault-Nissan Alliance has confirmed the launch of a new manufacturing project in South Africa. Nissan’s manufacturing plant at Rosslyn was identified as having the potential to maximize synergies between Renault and Nissan.
* A new Nissan half-ton Pickup NP200 and Renault Sandero are to be produced at Nissan’s Rosslyn plant (Pretoria). Production of the new Nissan half-ton Pickup NP200 has already started in the plant. The production of Renault Sandero will start in 2009.
* This project marks the first time that a Renault vehicle will be produced in South Africa.
* Some 300 jobs will be created in the plant in 2008.
July 9, 2008 -- “Amid a global economic slowdown that had a particularly strong impact on automotive markets in the industrialized countries, the Renault group pursued the growth started at the end of 2007,” said Patrick Blain, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
• The Renault group’s world sales rose 4.3% in first-half 2008 to 1,325,504 units. The Group increased its global market share by 0.2 points to 3.8%.
• Renault brand sales rose 4% and Dacia sales increased 13.3%. Renault Samsung Motors sales fell 7.2%.
June 18, 2008 -- In May 2007, Renault introduced its Renault eco² label – a system for badging its vehicles so that customers can identify the most environmentally friendly versions. In November 2007, Renault entered an eco²-labelled Logan Concept in the Michelin-organized Challenge Bibendum, demonstrating that a car could be both 'ecological and economical' without stinting on performance or equipment.
Renault has maintained its commitment with the unveiling of TCe 130, Powertrain Engineering’s latest innovation in downsized engines.
Campaign Has Made 1.2 Million Children Worldwide Aware of Road Safety
June17, 2008 -- Every year since its launch in 2000, the international ‘Safety For All’ campaign has offered primary school teachers the opportunity to make their students aware of road safety thanks to a free teaching kit and a drawing competition.
This year’s campaign reached out to another 1.2 million children worldwide aged between 7 and 11 years through the teaching kit. Eight countries competed in the drawing competition, with nearly 6,000 entries on the theme of ‘Road safety is our business!’
10th anniversary of the site
June 15, 2008 -- More than 50,000 people attended the Renault Roadshow of June 15, which took place at the Technocentre (in Guyancourt, near Paris). This event, the most popular of its kind ever organized in France, took place in a family atmosphere. Fernando Alonso, ING Renault F1 Team driver, gave a demonstration at the wheel of a Formula 1 car.
June 13, 2008 -- In May 2008, the Renault group sold 219,801 vehicles (PC + LCVs) worldwide under its three brands. Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, up 1.1% compared with 2007. Renault reported a 4.7% increase in worldwide sales, while Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors posted a fall in sales of 21.6% and 9.7% respectively.
June 12, 2008 -- 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of the Renault Technocentre. This large-scale technological and architectural project was developed to provide Renault with benchmark status in automotive design and development. It offers its 11,500 resident employees cutting-edge resources for effectively carrying out their projects in an ultra-modern, environmentally-friendly atmosphere. In all, more than 20 vehicles have been developed there since its creation.
Facility to Produce up to 400,000 Passenger Vehicles Annually
CHENNAI, India, June 6, 2008 – Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) today hosted the ground breaking ceremony for its new passenger vehicle plant in Chennai, India, expected to begin operations in 2010. The facility will have an annual production capacity of 400,000 and will produce vehicles for export and the local market for both Renault and Nissan.
A 50:50 joint venture between Renault and Nissan to manufacture passenger vehicles, RNAIPL represents an investment of a minimum of Rs 4,500 crore (€780 million / U.S. $1.1 billion).
May 30, 2008 -- “4x4 outside, Renault inside”, the baseline for both ad campaigns, underlines the vehicle’s genuine off-road qualities while enhancing the customer purchase, be it rational (choosing Renault for its ingeniousness and renowned minivan expertise) or emotional (choosing the brand for the values it represents: friendliness and open-mindedness).
- With Koleos, Renault is expressing its uniqueness and providing a fresh take on a vehicle segment that is new to the brand.
- Two international ad campaigns targeting different customers have been created to promote Renault’s first 4x4 crossover.
Audit Success for Somaca, Avtoframos Brings ISO 14001 International Certification to 100% of Renault Industrial Sites
29 May 2008 -- ISO 14001 certification (by the International Organization for Standardization) attests to a site’s commitment to continually improve its environmental management and reduce the ecological impact of its operations. Certification is issued on successful completion of an in-depth audit by independent accredited organizations (UTAC1 and SGS2, for Renault sites).
• Through wide-scale implementation of network-based environmental management practices, ISO 14001 certification now extends to 100% of Renault industrial sites and industrial subsidiaries worldwide.
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