RENAULT SANDERO MANUFACTURED IN SOUTH AFRICA INRenault Sandero, a modern, dynamic and robust hatchback will be produced locally in the Nissan plant from 2009.
At a press conference held at Renault South Africa's offices, Patrick Pélata, Executive Vice President Planning, Product-Planning and Programs announced that Renault will start production of Sandero in South Africa in 2009'.
Renault Sandero, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, will contribute significantly to Renault's growth in South Africa. In the coming years, Renault will expand the product line-up offered to South African customers wîth vehicles ranging from entry-level to upper range. Among them New Twingo, a lively little car, connected and practical, and Koleos, Renault's first cross-over, will arrive on the South Africa market in 2008.
South Africa is considered as an important market for Renault's worldwide growth because of its growing automotive market, wîth an increase of 73% between 2003 and 2006.
Sandero will compete in the AB §egmènt and will provide the South African public wîth a bigsize car of 4.02 metres in length at a small-size price. It will be produced locally in the Nissan plant in Rosslyn from early 2009.
Focus on Sandero
Sandero is the 5th vehicle designed on the so-called B0 platform, the same platform on which the very successful Logan was developed. If the successes of the other models, built on the same platform, are any indication to go by, it looks set to be a real contender. From 2004 when the first model was launched in Europe, until now, nearly 700,000 vehicles built on this platform (3 models) have been sold worldwide, in more than 55 markets. Adaptable and versatile, the B0 platform proved to be the perfect starting point to develop a hatchback model and further extend the Renault range.
Sandero is a new step in Renault's globalization. It will first be launched and produced in South America in December 2007, before arriving in Europe mid-2008. It will be commercialized in South Africa at the beginning of 2009, only a few months after its European launch. This 5-door hatchback boasts all the basic qualities of vehicles derived from the B0 platform: it is roomy, robust, and has 320 liters of luggage space. It will come in AB hatch §egmènt wîth the Clio and Modus, achieving a §egmènt share of 3.8%.
Sandero is modern in design, wîth an appealing exterior that suggests both dynamic performance and robustness. Its distinctive front end features very expressive headlamps, wîth a grille and bumper that merge seamlessly into the bodywork. The design of the flanks strengthen the suggestion of robustness thanks, in particular, to the wide protection strips along the sides of the vehicle, whilst the rear styling emphasises the impression of a roomy,
generously proportioned car. Its dashboard was developed to be both modern and functional, wîth no efforts spared to create ergonomic controls and make information displays clearly visible to all occupants.