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Renault-Nissan to invest $202 million in S. Korea unit

Published on Jul 20, 2012 2:00 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The Renault-Nissan Alliance said on Friday it will invest US$160 million (S$202 million) to roll out Nissan models at its South Korean unit, with analysts saying it would gain from a weak won and recent free trade deals.

The unit, named Renault-Samsung Motors, in the southern port of Busan will produce an annual 80,000 units of Nissan's crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) Rogue, beginning in 2014, the French-Japanese firm said in a statement.

'Adding production in Korea shows a commitment across the alliance to helping Renault Samsung Motors achieve its targets for cost competitiveness and growth,' said Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Carlos Ghosn.

The move comes as Renault-Samsung suffers from plunging sales owing to a lack of new models and stiff competition from South Korea's dominant Hyundai-Kia group as well as imported brands.

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