Renault bets on hybrids and plug-in hybrids for the Valladolid and Palencia plants


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The extent of Renault’s new industrial plan for Valladolid and Palencia It will depend on the competitiveness that is achieved in the negotiation of the new agreement of the company that resumes its negotiations on the 19th, according to the general director of the company Luca de Meo, who assured that he has “a lot of confidence” in these plants, ” that today are competitive, but in two or three years they may not be “.

Luca de Meo, who reiterated that the market and group situation “is complicated”, explained that they are designing the future of the company for the next six years, “which I hope is not like the last four or five” and He pointed out that there are products – he cited Captur and Kadjar – and ideas to implement in Spain, such as the replacement for Kadjar, which will be launched “if we find the solutions to be able to be competitive.” In this sense, he opted for «Take advantage» of E-Tech technology at the Valladolid and Palencia plants for the construction of hybrid and plug-in vehicles, “an important asset for the group” and the possibility of using the same platform to manufacture different models, reports Ical.

As he indicated, before 2030 there will not be 30 or 40 percent of electric cars on the market and most of the vehicles will continue to be combustion, which includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids, so they have “a very clear strategy engines ”and may“ be leaders ”in this segment.

However, when asked about the possibility of not reaching an agreement in the negotiation of the agreement, he limited himself to saying: “Then, we will make our decisions.” In this sense, the group’s vice president, José Vicente de los Mozos, from Valladolid, recalled that there is an overproduction of vehicles in Europe and that the manufacturing “can be in Spain or in other plants.”

In this sense, De los Mozos insisted on the need to project Renault’s industrial center in Spain “for five or ten years” in line with the group restructuring project that Luca de Meo is preparing in which it will be necessary to “make decisions in function of competitiveness ”, something that“ is not for a year, but for the future ”. In that sense, he indicated that the agreement’s proposals are “360 degrees” and include not only costs, but also flexibility, quality of work, training, etc.

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