Sabah – The French auto manufacturer Renault’s Turkish unit has shipped the first batch of its supermini to Japan. Debuting at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, the “Made in Turkey” Clio - renamed to Lutecia for the Japanese market - will expand Renault’s offerings in Japan where 5 million cars are sold annually.
Partnered by Oyak Holding in Turkey, Renault exported USD 3.1 billion worth of Turkish-manufactured motor vehicles in 2012, mainly to Western European and CIS countries.
Turkey hosts Renault’s largest production plant outside Western Europe in Bursa, where the company’s Clio, Megane and Fluence models, including the electric Fluence ZE version, are being manufactured.
The sixth largest auto manufacturer and the top maker of light commercial vehicles in Europe, Turkey’s auto industry rolled out 1.1 million motor vehicles in 2012 under well-known brands including Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Honda and Hyundai as well as Renault.