Going the place the gross sales are.
The Renault Twizy might have discovered its viewers. A uncommon sight on North American shores — the low-speed model of the 2-seater had been out there for lease in Canada — the funky quadricycle has had dismal gross sales since shortly after it started manufacturing. Actually, between 2012 and 2017, the French automaker has solely managed to maneuver a median of about three,800 examples of the all-electric oddity per yr. The one brilliant spot has been South Korea, the place it was launched in 2016, and so now meeting of the car is being shipped to that East Asian peninsula.
The French automaker blames the poor gross sales figures on the dearth of charging infrastructure, however guess what area has a number of charging factors and, comparatively, excessive Twizy gross sales? Yup, South Korea. So, as an alternative of canceling this system outright, the corporate will shift manufacturing to the Renault Samsung manufacturing facility in Busan. Although traditionally 60 % of Twizy manufacturing had been exported, extra lately upwards of 90 % had been funneled to Korea to fulfill demand.
Whereas we’re undecided how many individuals the meeting line will make use of there, in line with Ward’s Auto, the headcount on the present Twizy plant in Valladolid, Spain had dwindled right down to a mere 33 individuals. Little doubt the shift of manufacturing ought to assist deliver up margins on its Asian gross sales, which ought to assist the corporate’s backside line. It should additionally release house on the Spanish facility for different work.
With Twizy gone from Valladolid, manufacturing of battery packs for the plug-in hybrid variations of the Renault Captur and Megane will occur there as an alternative. The association may even add a number of extra jobs for the plant, with estimates of 70 employees wanted to deal with that process.
There stay no plans to deliver the Twizy to the U.S., which is sensible. There high spec of the automotive is proscribed to a 50 mile-per-hour high pace and it isn’t precisely weather-proof. Nonetheless, we’re type of unhappy it isn’t out there to lease at sure vacation spot areas — a advertising and marketing plan startup Arcimoto is pursuing, and one which Renault had really experimented with in San Francisco for a brief interval. We type of like the concept of rambling across the Florida Keys, for instance, in one of many contraptions. Particularly if it was kitted out just like the Sport F1 Idea from a number of years again.
Supply: Ward’s Auto