Renault begins exports of Twizy from South Korea to Europe
Renault began exporting the Twizy mini electric vehicle from South Korea to Europe, a move designed to lift production at Renault-Samsung Motor's Busan plant which is currently struggling with low capacity utilisation.
Renault Samsung, which is 80% owned by Renault, also hopes that local production - which started earlier in October - will help lift local sales of the model to around 15,000 annually.
The company began importing the two seat electric vehicle from Renault's Valladolid plant in Spain in 2016 and so far it has sold just 3,400 units in South Korea. The model is currently priced at between KRW13.3m and KRW14.3m (US$11,400-$12,200) before government subsidies of up to KRW5m.
The first batch of 142 Twizys was shipped to Europe this week and other Asian markets will be targeted later on.