Renault Nissan Alliance Makes History with its 1 Millionth Car in India
8th January 2016 was a historic moment for Renault Nissan as it rolled out its one millionth car from Oragadam plant, which is a jointly owned manufacturing unit near Chennai. The model that made history by moving up to the 10 lakh mark is a Nissan Micra. This jointly owned plant of Renault-Nissan till date has launched 32 models of Datsun, Renault and Nissan. Strikingly, it was Nissan Micra that was first manufactured by the alliance in India. The Chennai plant is reportedly Renault-Nissan’s largest manufacturing unit in the world and started operating in March 2010 with Rs. 4,500 crore as its initial investment. The Alliance further invested Rs 1600 crore to increase the plant capacity with power-train production facility and tools.
With a total investment amount of Rs 6100 crore, the manufacturing unit fulfills the requirements of both domestic and global markets as well, that sums up to 106 countries. The plant also has an RND wing near it and has successfully generated jobs for 12,000 people directly and 40,000 people indirectly. The Chairman of Nissan Africa, India and Middle East, Mr. Christian Mardrus has congratulated the workforce in Chennai for obtaining such a significant landmark and that the Chennai facility will continue to play a pivotal role increasing the business in India. He further commented that this milestone reflected the growing demand for Renault and Nissan cars in India and the global market.
He further acknowledged the dedication and skill set of the staff of Oragadam plant and also the high level of support received from the Tamil Nadu government. The Alliance plant till date has manufactured cars under the brand name Nissan, Renault and Datsun for the models in India. The latest and the most popular model introduced in September 2015 was small car Renault Kwid. The Kwid was also awarded with the prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ by NDTV’s Car and Bike.