11/16/2009

Renault to build Fluence electric version in Turkey plant

AA - French carmaker Renault announced on Friday that it will build the electric version of its Fluence sedan in the Bursa plant, starting in the first half of 2011. Renault first introduced its Fluence Z.E. concept electric version at Frankfurt Auto Show this September. Earlier in August, the French carmaker said the all new gasoline-engine Fluence would replace the Megane II Sedan manufacturing at the existing assembly line in the Oyak Renault plant, a joint venture of Renault and Turkey's Oyak. Renault said it will make an additional investment of EUR 110 million in the Oyak Renault plant in Bursa for the Fluence model which is to be exported to more than 80 countries. Patrick Pelata, Chief Operating Officer of Renault, said part of the new Megane hatchback manufacturing will also be shifted to the Bursa plant. Renault has been operating in Turkey for 40 years. The Oyak Renault plant has built 15 different models so far, mostly mid-size compact cars, said Pelata.

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