A fresh report claims Nissan will axe the Navara and GT-R in Europe as it “scales back” its business on that continent as part of a new three-year cost-cutting plan.
According to Reuters, the Japanese firm will focus its European efforts on SUVs and crossovers, with its line-up thus being narrowed to the Juke, Qashqai, X-Trail and upcoming all-electric Ariya.
The report claims the Navara will exit Europe, with the Barcelona factory where the bakkie is built for that market set to close (it’s worth noting production of the Navara is scheduled to start at Rosslyn in South Africa later in 2020).
Citing three unnamed sources, Reuters furthermore claims the high-performance GT-R will be discontinued in Europe, with the upcoming replacement for the 370Z also apparently on the chopping block.
According to the news agency, Nissan and alliance partner Renault will “divide up areas of responsibility” in Europe (which one of the sources claims accounts for just ten percent of the company's global volume) under the new plan, with one party taking the role of “leader” and the other acting as “follower” in each area.
Of course, earlier in May 2020, the rumour Nissan planned to “phase out” its budget Datsun brand (offered in developing countries) returned. Renault, meanwhile, is reportedly set to soon announce its own cost-cutting drive, with at least three nameplates in danger of being scrapped.
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