In a drastic reduction plan, Nissan will stop production of the e-NV200 utility in Spain but would count on another model in France, while importing the electric SUV Ariya.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance (then Mitsubishi) has shone for years, becoming No. 1 in the world. Since the end of the Ghosn era in 2018, everything has gone from bad to worse. If we wait for Renault’s decisions this Friday, this Thursday was Nissan’s turn. The Japanese announced a record loss of 5.7 billion euros in 2019-2020 and a severe plan.
Goodbye e-NV200, hello e-NV250 made in France?
The driest announcement of cost reductions going into the restructuring of the Alliance is in Spain. Nissan will close the Barcelona site in late 2020, where the e-NV200 is produced, among other things. The current electric utility would therefore have no future. However, the brand should rely on Renault for another model.
In any case, this is what many rumors have been relaying for a long time. The NV250, a clone of the Renault Kangoo launched since the end of 2019, was anticipated in an electric version. The Nissan e-NV250 would however await the succession, built on the platform of the next Kangoo Z.E. Scheduled for 2021 at best, it will see its production in France, in Maubeuge (or Douai if transfer) with its tricolor cousin.
This information has not been confirmed by the manufacturer, announcing only “Use the leader-follower format for the production of certain vehicles”.
Ariya to be launched in Europe
In its global plan, Nissan will therefore reduce its production capacity to 5.4 million cars per year, compared to 7.2 million today. This will also be the case in terms of models, going from 69 to 55. As announced for a few weeks, Europe will have an amputated Nissan catalog. Good news, however, the Ariya electric SUV will be sold well with us. It is the first vehicle based on CMF-EV, shared with future Renault SUVs.
The Sunderland plant in England is also saved. The Nissan Leaf will thus remain on the Old Continent, at least until the end of its current generation.
Other vehicles to be produced there, SUVs. The Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail will maintain a European career. The two largest, renewed in 2021, should have rechargeable e-Power versions. The manufacturer confirmed this during the presentation, and points out a first preview in a video. Finally, in Europe, Nissan has set its target of selling 50% of electrified vehicles by 2023.