PARIS -- Renault will open a second transmission plant to build its TL4 six-speed manual gearbox.
A new E215 million plant in Pitesti, Romania, will produce 450,000 units a year of the transmission starting in 2008. Renault co-developed the transmission with alliance partner Nissan.
The new plant will more than double overall production of the TL4 to 850,000 units a year.
Renault's transmission plant in Seville, Spain, currently builds the transmission at an annual pace of 400,000 units.
The gearbox was developed for small and medium-sized gasoline and diesel engines.
It debuted on the Renault Modus small minivan in March and will be available on the third-generation Clio small car starting in September.
Renault builds the Logan plus 1.4- and 1.6-liter gasoline engines in Pitesti, which is 100km west of Bucharest.