Renault will make the new 1.6 dCi engine for the Renault-Nissan Alliance at its plant in Cléon, Normandy, informs a company press release. The high-volume production diesel engine will go into production in 2011.The decision will keep 450 jobs at Cléon. Renault confirms its commitment to maintaining its industrial presence in France.
By choosing Cléon, Renault is optimizing its investments. The plant’s flexible production lines, which can be used to produce several different types of engines, combined with the use of existing production equipment, will help lower the cost of the project. In addition, the plant has extensive know-know and recognized expertise in manufacturing diesel engines. The site, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008, already makes the 1.9 dCi, 2.0 dCi, 2.5 dCi and V6 dCi diesel engines, the 2.0 and 2.0 turbo petrol engines, and 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes. The project is supported by the French central and local governments. The future, high-volume production 1.6 dCi (R9M type) diesel is an efficient, streamlined engine that respects the environment. Designed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the 1.6 dCi is intended to replace the current 1.9 dCi diesel engine as part of Renault’s engine downsizing strategy. The strategy is about reducing engine capacity, CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, while delivering the same performance through turbo-charging.