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Production of New Twingo, as the third
vehicle in Renault Commitment 2009 has started at the Novo Mesto
plant in Slovenia.
To enhance the quality and
profitability of New Twingo production, Renault invested €400
million, hired 700 people and trained them in Renault standards.
The plant was modernized and equipped with new technologies for
New Twingo. Renault installed a line of stamping presses able to
make large body parts, built more efficient cataphoresis
equipment (for treating body surfaces) and constructed a covered
To manufacture the new model alongside
Clio II, 700 people were hired, taking the workforce to nearly
3,000. All the operators were trained an average 70 hours on how
to assemble the new vehicle. Running on three shifts from May,
the plant’s maximum output capacity is 210,000 vehicles a year,
Twingo and Clio II combined.
Profitability targets for the project have been
met, notably through the use of carry-over. Part of the running gear of
Clio II, recognized for its dynamic and reassuring performance, was used
for New Twingo. This method cuts costs in developing and adapting the
production base: initial outlay for New Twingo was around 25% lower than
for Clio III.
These demanding performance standards also
apply to quality at Novo Mesto. The objective is to place New Twingo
top-three in its segment on quality. The Slovenian plant scores
extremely high on the quality of finished vehicles and respect for the
production sequence, ensuring that customers receive their vehicles on
In 2006, the JD Power CSI survey ranked Clio
II, built exclusively in Slovenia since 2005, top-three on quality in
its segment in France.
The plant has set new quality records for New
Twingo. When manufacturing approval was obtained in February 2007, the
number of observed defects was half that of Modus and Clio III – which
score high on quality in surveys and the press – at the same phase of
the project. The arrival of New Twingo has also stepped up the already
considerable progress made with Clio II on ergonomics, with arduous
workstations reduced by 20%.
New Twingo goes to market on June 15 in France,
Italy and Slovenia and in September for the rest of Europe. It is the
third model launched as part of Renault Commitment 2009 and the first
for the Renault brand, announcing the start of the new product offensive
The newcomer has a twofold mission to build on
the renown of Twingo I (2.4 million units sold since 1993) and win new
customers (younger and more masculine) in new countries. Where the main
customers of Twingo I were French, German and Italian, New Twingo is
aimed at a more international clientele. More European than ever, it is
available in right-hand drive to conquer the UK market, while its even
more seductive styling will appeal to southern European countries.
All Photos: Renault
(April 24, 2007)