Renault workers in France are planning to demonstrate against the introduction of the new Latitude model, which is imported from South Korea.
According to reports, the French GTC union plans to ‘bus in’ auto workers to the Paris motor show, where the Latitude will make its public debut at the beginning of October. Unions at Peugeot-Citroën are also said to be concerned at more home-brand production being sourced from overseas.
The new Mondeo-sized Latitude is based on the Samsung SM5 (which in turn is based on the current Laguna) but will not be sold in the UK. However, Renault is very keen to keep a foothold in Europe’s market for Mondeo-class cars, particularly because of very poor sales of today’s Laguna.
However, the French car maker faces opposition from the government (which owns 15 per cent of the company) on importing models made overseas.
News agency reports today quote French industry minister Christian Estrosi as saying “he would be keeping a close watch” on the Latitude project because Renault had promised the import volumes would remain “marginal”.