In the turmoil, the brand confirms to cut 14,600 jobs worldwide, but retains its sites in Flins and Douai-Maubeuge, focused on Renault ZOE electric cars and Kangoo Z.E type utilities.
After the Alliance on Wednesday, Nissan on Thursday, it’s Renault’s turn to announce its recovery plan. On the program: a savings plan of more than 2 billion euros over 3 years. The Losange confirms a restructuring, increasing its production capacity from 4.2 to 3.3 million cars in 2024, compared to the original target of 5 million in 2022. “We are paying the price for this policy, that of volume”, said Clotilde Debos, Director General, “Cut for growth that didn’t happen”.
This will have a heavy impact on employment, “Difficult decisions” according to the CEO. A total of 14,600 job cuts are expected, including 4,600 in France. No dry layoffs are planned. Instead, “Retraining measures, internal mobility and voluntary departures”. What does this mean in terms of vehicles? In France, the brand’s strategy is clear and will remain focused around “Electric and utility vehicles”.
The ZOE kept in Flins, electric in Dieppe?
First, Renault gives (small) details on its sites. Contrary to recent rumors, the Flins (78) site, where the ZOE is currently manufactured, would be preserved with the “Creation of a circular economy ecosystem”. The factories of Douai and Maubeuge (59) will come together in one “Optimized center of excellence for electric and light commercial vehicles”. These two locations are currently producing the Kangoo Z.E., while C. Debos has scanned a relocation of the e-NV200. “What you read in the press are rumors” she points out. However, this “Pole” could accommodate the potential Nissan e-NV250.
“We will only close one of the sites”, it will be Choisy-le-Roi (94). The manufacturer also saves the Dieppe site (76), for the moment, which it will convert after the end of the sporty Alpine A110. Could this site be the best candidate for future electric SUVs? Renault has not confirmed this information. If the first model based on CMF-EV (common to the Nissan Ariya) will be industrialized in Douai, the rental of the second remains unknown today. Another electrical point, the Cléon factory will manufacture the future 100 kW motor, as announced by Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday 26 May.
Renault also plans “Less diversity of vehicles, engines and components”. This will result in a passage from “13 to 4 platforms by 2026” according to the French. A reduction that the group puts into perspective. “It’s an offensive project”, assures Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of the board of directors with “22 launch over 3 years”. However, no details in terms of cars. ” It is a project ” explains Clotilde Debos. “The strategy lies with Luca di Meo” she continues. Former boss of Seat, the new CEO will arrive on July 1, 2020, but will not give his vision before ” some months “ according to the director.