Renault will create 1,300 jobs in Spain as a method to increase production in the next years.
Two new vehicle platforms shared with Nissan will be assigned to the firm's Palencia plant, one a derivate of the other. These cover four vehicle bodies and will allow the French brand to boost total annual production by approximately 40,000 units to 280,000 units. In the same statement it's mentioned that production at Renault's engine and gearbox plants will rise to almost 1.4 million units annually in 2014 or 2015.
Renault is attempting to align French production costs and wages with its plant in Palencia, as well as with Nissan's Sunderland factory located in UK. This announcement comes after the brand has started negotiations on a new French labor deal they want done by late January 2013. Renault wants pay and working time concessions from its workers in France, warning that if they don't get what they want future production plans could be affected.