Renault invests in Dacia plant

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On December 18, Dacia, a Romanian company which is part of the Renault group, will start work at its Pitesti plant to boost output from 235,000 vehicles a year at end-2006 to 350,000 in 2008.

This work, representing an investment of around €100m, will enable the plant to increase its stamping output, introduce a new paint shop and enlarge the bodywork and assembly shops.

The Pitesti plant currently manufactures Logan Sedan and Logan MCV. It will start producing the third model in the Logan program, a light commercial vehicle, in early 2007. The plant constructed the last example of its previous light commercial vehicle, a pick-up based on the Renault 12, on Friday December 8, 2006.

Plant output will be adapted temporarily owing to the work, with an eight-day pause in Logan Sedan production at the end-of-the-year period.

From early-February 2007, Logan MCV output will be increased from 250 to 300 units a day in order to reduce delivery times, currently averaging two months.