The biggest challenge for carmakers in Russia is having sufficient production capacity to meet demand. The strength of the Alliance lies in its ability to combine capacities and generate synergies between the three partners, Renault, Nissan and AvtoVAZ. The Alliance has three production sites with a total capacity of 1.1 million units a year. The objective for 2016 is 1.6 million.
At Renault Russia (Moscow), Renault’s first facility in the country, capacity investment in 2010 has doubled output, to 160,000 vehicles a year. AvtoVAZ (Togliatti) has a capacity of 900,000 vehicles a year with three main production lines, including a new B0 (Logan) line that will produce vehicles for the three partners starting in March 2012. The Nissan plant in Saint Petersburg manufactures 50,000 vehicles a year. The Izhavto plant (220,000 vehicles a year, to be increased to 360,000 by 2016) will further boost this capacity when included in the Group’s strategic development plan.