The financial crisis in Asia at the time soon led Samsung Motors to become a subsidiary of Renault, in the year 2000. It is not easy being a small brand in a market dominated by Hyundai-Kia. By 2012, many staff were going to have to be laid off, but a deal was struck to keep most workers with the company. It involved the Nissan Rogue being assembled there to give the plant sufficient volume to retain the majority of the staff. That model accounted for nearly 60% of total units made in 2016.
|4||1||Niss – Rogue||117,565||57.2%||344%||26,471||17.3%||n/a|
The only other assembly for Renault in Asia is in India, at a Nissan factory that it now shares with its alliance partner. For the past two years five Renault models have been made at the plant, but with two deleted and two added for 2015.
Summary: The Asia region is a difficult market for brands from outside the area to succeed in, without investment through local assembly. Tariffs applied to fully assembled vehicles makes that an imperative. Renault is expanding its Asian efforts with a plant that has just opened in China. It may be a late entrant to that country, but is confident it will be a successful venture.
Data source: Renault Group.