Nissan Motor is working on a plan to reduce its European business. The Japanese are going to focus on crossovers and light commercial vehicles, as well as more efficiently share the products and investments with Renault. This was reported by Reuters, citing three sources.
Under the three-year global restructuring, Nissan may abandon one of the three shifts at the plant in Sunderland (UK) and complete closure of the factory in Barcelona (Spain). The latter will be about 3 thousand people.
Special attention in the strategy that should be fully open on 28 may, is given a new way of interaction between Nissan and Renault. It is expected that the company will divide areas of responsibility to each one of the brands was the leader, and the second only followed him. Members of the Alliance have long felt a tension in the management of, and after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn’s allegations, which he denies, and the Union is almost broke. Since then, sales and profits of the Japanese side has decreased significantly. After the blow to the whole industry coronavirus, for their own restructuring plan abode and French.
According to sources, chief Executive officer of Ashwani Gupta, who is known as the architect of a new model of interaction of participants of the Alliance, has already submitted to the Board a concept for further business in Europe. It is also reported that many of the 12 members of the Board of Directors, including the Chairman of Renault Jean-Dominique sénart approved the plan.
The share of Europe accounts for only one-tenth of the global Nissan business and, as stated by one of the insiders, the prospects for growth in the region the company is not enough. However, mark still intends to maintain its competitive position in the EU, albeit in abbreviated form. In accordance with the new relationship model Nissan as the leader will be responsible for the crossovers – petrol, hybrid and fully electric, and in the segments commercial vehicles and small city cars will follow Renault by releasing their own version of the French models.
The basis of the European range will be the Nissan Juke and Qashqai of local production, which will join the imported X-Trail and Ariya. The Navara pickup truck and sports car 370Z and GT-R, most likely, will remove from the market.