Renault has announced plans to invest around €100m over the next two years on Renault Technologies Romania (RTR), a regional engineering centre which develops vehicles and powertrains.
RTR will employ around 3000 people by the end of 2009 to make the products at regional plants and market them in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia and North Africa.
According to Renault, RTR, along with other regional engineering centres in Brazil and Korea, will support Renault’s international development programme, under which 26 new models are to be released by 2009.
RTR will handle the development of powertrain and vehicle projects to be made at regional production plants or sold on Euromed regional markets. This includes vehicles based on the Logan platform. RTR is currently working with Renault’s Western European engineering team on a number of vehicle projects and will eventually become the engineering hub for all vehicles developed on the Logan platform.
Renault Technologies Romania will be split across sites in Bucharest and Pitesti, and a new test centre scheduled to open in the second half of 2009.