Renault's made-in-China electric SUV stirs labor unrest at home

Renault will make the Spring electric automobile in Shiyan, China. Foto: Bloomberg/Benjamin Girette

Renault unions are raising hackles about the French carmaker producing a new electric mini-SUV in China and selling it in Europe, a clash that could become more common given how many companies have similar plans.

Labor groups are assailing Renault for exporting the Dacia Spring -- a small crossover the automaker bills as Europe's cheapest electric vehicle -- to Europe from a plant in central China's Hubei province. Workers have been on edge about a jobs-cutting plan the company announced just before it secured a state-backed loan in June...

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