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Renault Unveils Plans To Build And Sell Electric Vehicle In China

According to Autocar, “Dongfeng and Renault plan to launch a new sub-brand into the Chinese market in 2016, with models including two SUVs, two saloons and an electric car leading the range.”

The Dongfeng-Renault joint venture, which operates under the name of Dongfeng-Renault Automotive Company (DRAC), is a $1.28 billion partnership in which Renault-Nissan will offer up several of its platforms and technologies to Chinese buyers. Autocar states:
“According to local media reports, the first of the two planned SUVs will be based on the same platform as the last-generation Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail, while the second is said to be an all-new mid-size model based on Renault-Nissan’s CMF platform, and powered by an unspecified turbocharged engine. A concept version of the SUV is due to arrive in late 2015.”
We Were At Auto China 2014 (or the Beijing Auto Show if you will), And Caught Up With The Venucia E30 (nee Nissan LEAF) In Person
Several additional Renault models will be sold in China at some undisclosed point in time.
As for the “electric car leading the range,” few details are available other than its launch timeframe, which is supposedly set for 2018.
If the Dongfeng name sounds familiar to you, it is the Chinese company that also partners with Nissan and is currently bringing the rebranded Nissan LEAF to China as the Venucia E30.
More importantly is that Renault will have in China production capacity for some 600,000 vehicles per year. Our hope is that a significant percentage of the vehicles produced are eventually electric.