Having started operations in March 2010 with an investment of INR 45 billion, the Renault-Nissan Chennai Plant located at Oragadam has rolled out its one millionth car today. The landmark car, a Nissan Micra, rolled off the line at 1215 hours.
Renault-Nissan Chennai facility has an annual capacity of around 4.8 lakh units and it is from this plant that 6 Nissan models are produced along with 5 models from Renault (32 models and derivatives in total). It is the largest Alliance plant in the world. The factory has seen an additional investment of INR 16 billion and has exported over 600,000 units to more than 106 countries since its inception.
Alliance’s manufacturing facility and R&D centre (RNTBCI) together employ 12,000 people directly in Tamil Nadu and accounts for 40,000 indirect jobs through its vendors. The factory also incorporates a powertrain manufacturing unit.
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The recently introduced Renault Kwid has seen instant response among buyers in the country while exports have also been increasing. Renault Kwid sees production of over 350 units per day while the Nissan Micra is also doing equally well. New launches are also on the cards with the Datsun third model being planned along with new versions of existing products like Duster and Terrano.