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The fruits of French car maker Renault's commitment to South Africa have started to show.
Renault had last year announced its plans to manufacture some of its products locally in partnership with Nissan SA.
The first project was showcased at the weekend with the launch of the new Renault Sandero.
The Sandero is an AB-segment car, which the French hope will attract some of Opel Corsa, VW's CitiGolf and Polo customers.
Unlike the Renault Logan, the Sandero was designed for the younger, vibrant buyer looking for style and good price.
The Sandero was built at Nissan's Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
Benefitting from the worldwide Renault-Nissan alliance, the Rosslyn plant received a R1 billion joint investment, much of which was centred around the refurbishment of an existing assembly line "to handle this important new model", according to Renault SA.
The new Sandero is based on the same platform as the Logan and the Nissan NP 200 pick-up.
"This huge investment not only confirms Renault's unwavering commitment to South Africa as an importer and manufacturer, but benefits the economy in general," said Renault SA managing director, Xavier Gobille
The Sandero's pricing starts just under R100000.
The minimum specification includes features like power steering, four speakers and pre-wiring for the easy "plug-and-play" radio fitment.