Renault is playing hardball in France. Message to government and unions: We can make our cars elsewhere. After Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said last Friday that Renault could disappear from France “in its current form,” his Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said that production in other countries could be cheaper.
Renault does not have to go to China for that. The Nissan plants in neighboring UK and Spain “are tops” Tavares told Automobilwoche [sub]. Renault and Nissan could share these plants, they already do that in Chennai, India.
Tavares does not think that the European market has bottomed yet. “This isn’t a storm that will subside soon,” Tavares said.