Renault and Nissan may release two new SUVsMay 15, 2020
According to reports, Nissan’s Sunderland plant could gain momentum as part of an alliance restructuring program, as production will be relocated from Spain.
According to the Financial Times, Nissan is in talks with a Renault alliance partner to create two French-brand SUV models at the Sunderland plant. Kadjar and Captur SUVs, which share their platforms with Nissan Qashqai and Juke respectively, are currently being built in Spain.
Nevertheless, these two brands seek to consolidate production, as well as increase the fate of Sunderland, Nissan’s leading international factory. It is expected that as a result of major changes in 2023, Nissan will reduce its production capacity by 20%, closing the factory in Barcelona, which produces commercial vehicles for export. The plant reportedly operated at 30% capacity.
The decision to move the production of the two most popular Renault models to the UK is likely to provide thousands of jobs in Sunderland. The future of the plant was in doubt after Britain decided to leave the EU, and Nissan warned that export tariffs to the EU would jeopardize it. This move will also indicate a reunion between Nissan and Renault, whose relationship looked tense after the arrest and subsequent escape of former Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn.
Ghosn played an important role in forming an alliance between French and Japanese manufacturers, who were once the world’s largest automobile group. Since then, hostilities are said to have caused a split between senior leaders. Nissan’s complete restructuring strategy for Europe’s European business will be unveiled by Nissan’s new CEO, Makoto Uchida, on May 28.
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