Nissan has announced a far-reaching plan to close production facilities in Spain and Indonesia, reduce the number of models in its range and boost profitability all at the same time. As the Japanese company revealed its financial results, the worst in twenty years and the first loss since 2009, project Next was unveiled to transform the company.
One of the high points in Nissan’s latest plan is the announcement that the Sunderland plant in the north of England is safe, and if rumours are true, could well be building the Renault Captur and Kadjar, alongside the Nissan Juke and Qashqai. It’ll be the central hub for all European operations, with the Barcelona factory in Spain set to close at the end of this year. Navara pick-up production will be moved to South Africa, while the eNV200 is rumoured to be moving to a Renault plant in France. The closure of the Barcelona factory and a plant in Indonesia will see Nissan’s production capacity reduce by 20 per cent, enhancing efficiency.
Many of the efficiencies will come as a result of a renewed focus on the Renault-Mitsubishi-Nissan alliance, with a new leader-follow policy. While Nissan will focus upon the design and production of SUVs, Renault will focus on the European market and compact cars. Mitsubishi will continue to make the most of its plug-in hybrid technology and will be the leader in that area. Nissan will also exit some markets, including South Korea and Russia, the latter of which means the end for the Datsun brand that was revived just a few years ago.
A new video, shown below, reveals a string of new Nissan models set to be revealed over the coming months, although most of them are unlikely to come to Europe. A new electric SUV, shown as the Ariya concept at last year’s Tokyo motor show, has been given the green-light for production and is depicted in the shadows in the new short film, alongside the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail, the latter of which is known as the Rogue in the USA. For sports car fans, there’s good news as Nissan announces a new Z-car. There were rumours circulating earlier this week that sports cars were going to be culled, but that has been proved to be unfounded.