It looks like the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is looking to build more vans and people carriers in the future after the company announced that they will be increasing production of such vehicles. What's more is that Mitsubishi is actually planning on making an all-new van that will be based on the platform of the Renault Trafic.
As part of the Alliance's investment in Renault's van manufacturing faclities, the yet-to-be-named Mitsubishi van will be built at the Sandouville, France factory where the Trafic is currently being produced. Moreover, the van will be marketed towards Australia and New Zealand. When fully revealed, the new Mitsubishi van could go toe-to-toe with such vehicles like the Hyundai Grand Starex and Peugeot Traveller.
Besides the Sandouville factory, the Alliance will also be investing at Renault's Maubeuge factory which serves as the company's 'small van center of excellence'. Come mid-2019, the facility will begin producing Nissan vans based off the Renault Kangoo platform, the NV250.
Together with the NV250, the Maubeuge plant will soon serve as the manufacturing hub of the next-generation Renault Kangoo family as well, including electric versions of the van. In order to help boost production, Group Renault will be investing EUR 450 million into the plant over five years and hire an additional 200 workers.
According to Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn, the boost in van production is part of the Alliance 2022 plans to double their annual synergies to EUR 10 billion. In order to achieve this target, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms and common production facilities.
“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 EUR 1.4 billion to support two pillars of growth: pure electric and light commercial vehicles” said Ghosn.