Renault is to produce chassis components for the new Nissan Micra at its Le Mans plant.
The same plant is already responsible for the manufacture of various chassis parts for models across the Renault-Nissan partnership.
Signed in 1999, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been revolutionary in the automotive industry, with the two companies working together to mutually increase production and profits.
Common Module Family system
Along with that, the two companies have developed a new shared approach to engineering, dubbed the Common Module Family system.
Based around shared components, the idea is that both companies can build a wider range of vehicles from a smaller pool of parts while increasing customer choice and quality by sharing the work.
According to Renault, the increase in production will boost the plant’s workload by around eight per cent per year, with an estimated annual output of 132,000 vehicles.
Renault’s Le Mans plant already manufactures a wide range of components for the company’s models, including the Renault Captur, Dacia Sandero and the Nissan Qashqai.
However, this will be the first time that the plant manufactures parts for the Micra, which is Nissan’s third best-selling model in the UK as of last year.
The latest fourth-generation version of the supermini was released last June, with improved aesthetics and equipment.
A chunkier front end and grille design has made the new Micra more eye-catching than ever, and customers can personalise each model with a variety of colour and finish options.
Along with that, the new Micra also features an updated interior with trim upgrades and a range of tech-heavy features, including a NissanConnect infotainment system.
Operated via a 5.8-inch display screen, the system supports satnav, digital radio and downloadable apps.
The satnav system also incorporates a programme which automatically directs the driver to their destination via the most efficient route.
In January this year, Nissan also released a special-edition version of the Micra, which included a range of further upgrades to equipment and colour options.
Engine options for the Micra include two 1.2-litre petrol units, both linked to a manual gearbox as standard.
Available in a naturally aspirated 79bhp version, a more powerful and advanced supercharged unit can also be specified, with an output of 97bhp.
Prices for the Nissan Micra begin at just £9,950 for the standard range, and £12,300 for the special edition model.