Haren (Dutch and French, sometimes written Haeren in French) is an old municipality of Brussels in Belgium, that was merged into the municipality of the City of Brussels in 1921. It is an outlying part of the municipality of the city and is situated at the north-eastern edge of the Brussels Capital Region.
Haren has three railway stations, Buda (formerly called Haren-Buda) on line 25 between Brussels and Antwerp, Haren (formerly called Haren-Linde) on line 26 between Halle and Vilvoorde, and Haren Sud/Zuid on the line 36 Brussels–Leuven. The marshalling yard of the National Railway Company of Belgium, sometimes referred to as "Schaarbeek Vorming", is largely located on the territory of Haren municipality.
Haren's postal code is 1130.
The first Brussels airport was also located in Haren, between 1914 and the early 1950s. The site, which was later used by the Belgian Air Force, is being cleared for the construction of the new NATO HQ. The current Brussels Airport site is located several kilometres to the east.
Between 1932 and 1997 Haren was the location of a Renault automobile factory, which in 1969, for the first time, produced more than 100,000 cars in a single year. At that time it was concentrating on the assembly of Renault 4 and Renault 6 models, mostly for sale in Benelux, Germany and Scandinavia. Renault also assembled AMC's Rambler automobiles there for sale in European markets.
Sources and further reading
- "News and Views: Renault in Belgium". Autocar. 133 (nbr3855): 32. 1 January 1970.
- Billeter, Vera (1965), "The American Motors Story", in Logoz, Arthur, Auto-Universum 1966 (English edition) (Zürich, Switzerland: Verlag International Automobile Parade) IX: 17
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