Nissan boosts Navara production31 July 2018 | Automotive Manufacturing Solutions
Argentina – The pick-up is now being built at the Renault plant in Santa Isabel, Cordoba. Nissan has cited rising global demand for the model as justification for the move.
“With more than 15 million Nissan pickup owners across 180 countries, trucks are a growing segment across the world and a particular strength of Nissan,” observed Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Nissan’s light commercial vehicle business. “Today’s start of production is fantastic news for the region, as well as for Nissan and the Alliance. We already have a strong presence in Latin America and this production line will ensure better delivery of our pickups as the demand for them around the world continues to grow.”
The Navara, also known as the Frontier in South America, is now produced at facilities in Spain, China, Mexico, Thailand and now Argentina. The OEM is hoping to increase sales of its LCVs by 40% between 2018 and 2022, and thinks the Navara will play a crucial role.
Back in 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that it was investing US$800m in Argentina through 2018, $600m of which was earmarked for a production line that could make pick-ups for Renault, Nissan and Daimler. As well as building the Nissan NP300 and the Navara, the line will be used for the production of the Renault Alaskan and a model for Daimler by the end of the decade. All of the models will share structural components.