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Renault: the Tangier factory will host the production of the Dacia Jogger

The Tangier factory, one of the pillars of Renault Group’s industrial base, will host the production of the Dacia Jogger vehicle from the second quarter of 2024. The announcement was made during a press conference held this Friday, March 17, in presence of Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Le Vot, Managing Director of the Dacia brand and Mohamed Bachiri, Managing Director of Renault Group Morocco.

This new project reinforces the group’s confidence in the national industrial platform and confirms the introduction of electrification technologies announced in June 2021 during the renewal of the agreements aimed at consolidating the Renault Group ecosystem in Morocco.

While emphasizing Renault Group’s role as the locomotive of the automotive sector in Morocco, Minister Mezzour said on the occasion “Under the enlightened vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the automotive industry has transformed into a a real lever of growth and industrial acceleration for the Kingdom, and today’s announcement marks a turning point in this development. The Tangier plant will be crowned with a new industrial project integrating for the first time in Morocco the manufacture of a hybrid model and thus contributing to the opening of the automotive ecosystem to new areas with high technological value and strong impact for Moroccan skills”. And to add that “this project reinforces the industrial ambition of the Kingdom to succeed in the transition to electrification and sustainable mobility and to position itself as the most competitive automotive hub on a global scale”.

Since its launch in March 2022 in Europe, Jogger has been Dacia’s first C-segment model and reinvents the concept of the affordable family vehicle. A real success, this versatile and robust model offering up to 7 seats, is available with petrol, LPG*, Diesel engines and for the first time in the Dacia range, with hybrid engines.

Jogger HYBRID 140 is characterized by technology that has been widely proven within the Renault Group thanks to the development of a true multi-mode hybrid engine and not just a simple electrified combustion engine.

The manufacture of Jogger, and in particular the HYBRID 140 version, at the Tangier plant will be carried by line 2 of the industrial site, which will integrate a process specific to hybrid technology, with a production capacity of up to 120,000 vehicles per year. This industrialization will be accompanied by an adapted robotization project supported by around thirty robots in the sheet metal and assembly departments.

A specific program will be put in place to support the skills development of plant employees. Tangier teams will thus benefit from technical training in new areas of expertise such as hybrid technology and the electronics associated with this new technology. In total, nearly 6,000 hours of training will be given to 550 employees.

Denis LE VOT, Managing Director of Dacia indicated for his part that “Morocco plays an extremely important role for us and the Tangier plant is a pillar in the industrial system of the Dacia brand and Renault Group, adding that manufacture of Jogger at the Tangier plant provides additional expertise and a significant increase in qualification for all employees. The Tangier plant is proving industrially efficient and this new model reinforces and enriches the success story of the Dacia brand in Morocco.

Mohamed BACHIRI, Managing Director of Renault Group Morocco said that Today, that the automotive industry is at the heart of the national economy and Morocco is a major industrial platform for the Group, and whose production represents 17% of sales of Renault Group around the world. This new industrial hybrid vehicle project, a first in the national automotive industry, marks a new stage in Moroccan manufacturing and strengthens our role as a locomotive of the national automotive industry.



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