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Netherlands Car B.V.
Type Limited liability company
Founded August 1991
Headquarters Dr. Hub van Doorneweg 1, Sittard-Geleen , Netherlands
Key people Makoto Ochi (Chairman & CEO)
Joost Govaarts (President & COO)
Industry Automaker
Products Mitsubishi Colt
Revenue (turnover) 1,120.9 million (2006)
Net income €15.3 million (2006)
Employees c. 1,600 (2008)
Parent Mitsubishi Motors (100%)
Website NedCar.nl

NedCar, officially Netherlands Car B.V. and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors, is the only large-scale automaker in the Netherlands. Based in Born on a 927,000 m2 site, it has a capacity of approximately 200,000 vehicles,[1] and produced its millionth vehicle, a Mitsubishi Space Star, on October 4, 2000. The factory itself has produced more than 4.5 million cars since 1967.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The factory was founded in 1967 by the former Van Doorne's Automobiel Fabriek (DAF), and continued after the takeover of its parent by Volvo in 1972–75. When financial difficulties threatened to close it down in the early 1990s the government stepped in to ensure its survival. A joint venture between the Dutch State, Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors began in August 1991, although it was 1996 before the name was officially changed from Volvo Car B.V. to Netherlands Car B.V. On February 15, 1999 the Dutch government sold its shares to its two partners, which then owned 50 percent each. Later, on March 30, 2001, Volvo sold its shares to Mitsubishi, which now owns 100 percent.[3] The last Volvo automobiles were built in 2004.

ProductionEdit

Currently NedCar produces one vehicle, the Mitsubishi Colt, which has been built since 2004.[4] It also produced the Colt's sister vehicle, the Smart Forfour, for DaimlerChrysler until production ceased in mid-2006. The plant's long-term survival was in question from 2001, when then Mitsubishi Motors Chief Operating Officer Rolf Eckrodt stated that its annual vehicle production capacity had to increase to 280,000 if it wished to remain economically viable.[5] Industrial action in 2005 protested the discontinuation of the Smart Forfour, although Mitsubishi confirmed its commitment to keeping the factory open as far as the end of the Colt's life cycle in 2009.[6] Since then, European market versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander have had their production transferred from Japan to the Netherlands from 2008,[7] while since 2009 the Outlander-based Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 for the European market have also been assembled at Born.[8] Labour union FNV, NedCar COO Joost Goovaarts and the works council have said it is a step towards securing the future of the plant.[9]

Smart forfour2

NedCar produced the Smart Forfour from 2004 to 2006.

Current and future modelsEdit

Historic modelsEdit

Annual outputEdit

Year Units Models
1992 94,019 Volvo 440/460, Volvo 480
1993 80,246 Volvo 440/460, Volvo 480
1994 92,044 Volvo 440/460, Volvo 480
1995 98,454 Volvo 440/460, Volvo 480, Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma
1996 145,090 Volvo 440/460, Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma
1997 197,225 Volvo 440/460, Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma
1998 242,804 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
1999 262,196 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
2000 214,974 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
2001 189,188 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
2002 182,368 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
2003 163,130 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Space Star
2004 187,600 Volvo S40/V40, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Colt, Mitsubishi Space Star, Smart Forfour
2005 115,121 Mitsubishi Colt, Mitsubishi Space Star, Smart Forfour
2006 c.87,000 Mitsubishi Colt/CZ3, Smart Forfour
2007 - Mitsubishi Colt/CZ3
2008 - Mitsubishi Colt/CZ3, Mitsubishi Outlander
2009 - Mitsubishi Colt/CZ3, Mitsubishi Outlander

(Source: "Key facts and figures", Nedcar official site)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Key facts and figures", Nedcar official site
  2. "1,000,000th NedCar car produced", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 4, 2000
  3. "Netherlands Car B.V. to become MMC subsidiary after acquisition of additional shares", Mitsubishi Motors press release, April 4, 2001
  4. "Mitsubishi Motors to Unveil New European Colt at Geneva Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, January 26, 2004
  5. "NedCar production target", Meuse-Rhine Journal, September 22, 2001
  6. "Strike at Mitsubishi factory", 4Car, April 21, 2006
  7. "Mitsubishi Motors transfers Outlander production for Europe", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 18, 2007
  8. "Mitsubishi Motors transfers production of SUV for PSA Peugeot Citroen", Mitsubishi Motors press release, March 27, 2008
  9. "SUV redt Nedcar voor een paar jaar". Frits Baltesen, NRC Handelsblad, September 18, 2007

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