· One car produced on average every three minutes for 13 years
· More than 1.9 lakh cars manufactured every year on average
· Chennai plant set to manufacture six new models
Bangalore, 27 July 2023: Renault Nissan Automotive Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL) has announced that it has manufactured 2.5 million cars at its state-of-the-art Chennai manufacturing facility. Over the past 13 years, the Alliance plant has exemplified manufacturing excellence, manufacturing on an average over 1.92 lakh (192,000) Renault and Nissan cars every year, equivalent to one car produced every three minutes. In total, 20 models of cars across Renault and Nissan have been manufactured by the plant since commencing operations.
Spread over 600 acres at Oragadam, Chennai, the Alliance plant has manufactured cars not only for the Indian market but has also played a vital role in establishing Chennai as a renowned international hub for automotive exports. RNAIPL has exported more than 1.15 million vehicles from Chennai’s Kamarajar Port Ltd (formerly Ennore Port Ltd.) to more than 108 destinations including markets in the Middle Eastern countries, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, South-East Asia, SAARC countries, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Keerthi Prakash, Managing Director of RNAIPL, said: “The 2.5 million cars manufactured milestone is a testament to RNAIPL’s manufacturing excellence and the exceptional products we create for customers in India and overseas markets. We would also like to express our appreciation to our employees whose hard work and support has helped us reach this remarkable milestone. Moving to the future, RNAIPL is gearing up to manufacture six new models, three each for Renault and Nissan, as announced under the Alliance investment plan. We are confident that these cars, engineered and manufactured in India, will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Commenting on the milestone, Frank Torres, President, Nissan India, said: “Our 2.5 million-production-milestone reflects our unwavering commitment to growth and the powerful potential of manufacturing in India. RNAIPL’s focus on best-in-class products, innovative technologies, robust performance, and safety has been effectively validated by consumers in India and across the globe. Going ahead, we will leverage our new investment in India and our global expertise to bring out a truly exceptional lineup of products that set new benchmarks for growth.”
Venkatram Mamillapalle, CEO and MD, Renault India said: “It is a moment of immense pleasure to be an indispensable part of this momentous manufacturing milestone of 2.5 million cars achieved by Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited. Guided by the synergy and shared vision of our alliance, this accomplishment exemplifies our unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional vehicles and cutting-edge mobility solutions for discerning Indian market. We extend heartfelt appreciation to our beloved team, esteemed partners and loyal customers, whose support has been instrumental in accomplishing this significant milestone. This remarkable achievement propels our determination to push our boundaries, embrace state-of-the-art technologies, and shape India’s future mobility, all while remaining committed to our overarching vision of driving innovation and delivering superior automotive experiences. Harnessing our collective strengths, resources, expertise, we are poised to introduce a lineup of new and enhanced vehicles, including advanced electric models, solidifying our position as pioneers in modern technology with a focus on reducing environmental footprint.”
Earlier this year, the Renault Nissan Alliance announced an investment of $600 million / ₹5300 crores INR in India to introduce new products and technologies, and boost production and R&D activities. The Alliance’s future focus includes the production of six new vehicles, including two fully electric vehicles that will be manufactured at RNAIPL. These projects will enhance overall plant utilisation and secure thousands of jobs for years to come.
Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd (RNAIPL), the first dedicated Alliance plant globally, started operations in 2010. The plant is spread over 600 acres in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. RNAIPL caters to both domestic and export market requirements for Renault and Nissan. Since its start, more than 2.4m Renault and Nissan vehicles have been manufactured at the plant, with vehicles exported to 108 countries. In that time Renault and Nissan have invested $1.8 billion towards the Indian economy and created direct and indirect employment and skilling opportunities for over 70,000 workers.