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Renault Kangoo production surpasses four million at Maubeuge plant

posted on 20/12/2023
Renault Kangoo production surpasses four million at Maubeuge plant

Renault has hit another production milestone with more than four million of the Renault Kangoo manufactured at its Maubeuge plant.

The northern France production facility has made the Kangoo ever since the model was introduced in the late 1990s. While Maubeuge has been operational since 1969 and produced more than 20 prominent models, it is the Kangoo that it is synonymous with. Today, more than 400 Kangoo vehicles, including leisure and commercial versions, roll off the plant’s assembly lines every day – or one every 90 seconds!

Maubeuge, which has become a centre of LCV excellence, began Kangoo production 26 years ago. To ready the plant, Renault invested over €500 million in upgrades. These included the installation of a 5,400-tonne transfer press – one of the largest in Europe – and the first ever variable height production lines.

The plant would complete its millionth Kangoo in 2002 and its two-millionth in 2007. A year later, the site would commence production of the second-generation Kangoo. In 2011 Maubeuge adapted its lines to start manufacturing the electric Kangoo Z.E. and has made 90,000 of them (100,000 including electric vans produced for partners), contributing to Renault becoming one of the leaders in this category. To keep up with demand for the electric Kangoo, since 2021 the batteries have also been assembled at Maubeuge.

In 2021, the plant also started production of the third-generation Kangoo, with Renault investing €450 million to overhaul the site. This included the additions of a High Speed XXL stamping press (delivering 6,600 tonnes of pressure through five units and up to 15,000 strokes a day) and 600 metalworking robots. The logistics flows were also reshuffled to accommodate differing variations of the Kangoo: the plant assembles more than 380 versions on a single production line, handling about 3,700 product references on an average day.

Maubeuge celebrated the production milestone of 150,000 third-generation Kangoo in July 2023, which was followed by the introduction of the seven-seat Grand Kangoo to the line following its unveiling at IAA Munich.

The plant continues to be a showcase for Renault’s advanced production facilities. Its abilities include being able to produce up to 370 colour tones for Kangoo customers, while one of its recent upgrades, ‘vision control’ uses an array of cameras to check each point on each board is just right, so the screwing operation complies with all quality requirements. It even has a virtual reality paint booth simulator where personnel can practise without even using a drop of paint.

In the UK, the Kangoo is available in Advance and Extra trim levels, offering a choice of efficient petrol, diesel or 100% electric powertrains, plus short-, long-wheelbase and crew van formats. Its comprehensive specification includes up to 20 advanced driver assistance systems, while the Kangoo E-Tech electric has a driving range of up to 186 miles (WLTP). The Kangoo is priced from £20,250 plus VAT, and the Kangoo E-Tech electric starts at £32,350 plus VAT before the PIVG (now extended to £5,000 for LWB and Crew Van versions)..

*Article Source http://www.renault.co.uk/

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