Renault and Nissan want to avoid manufacturing cars in the same plants, a Renault executive said.
“Total integration [between the two companies’ manufacturing operations] is not the way forward,” said Georges Douin, Renault’s head of product, planning and international affairs, during an interview at the Geneva auto show. “On the whole Nissan plants will continue to manufacture Nissan cars and Renault plants will make Renault cars, and any departure from that rule will be marginal.”
Factories in Brazil, Spain and Mexico make models for both automakers, but the total number of units produced each year in the factories is less than 90,000.
Should Nissan decide to produce cars in Renault’s Avto-framos factory near Moscow, Douin said Nissan would have its own production facility.