Nissan has decided to build all-electric Ariya models for the European Union in Japan, rather than in the UK, as originally expected.
The Japanese automaker has been considering building the Ariya at its Sunderland assembly plant in the UK. But Nissan decided to build the Ariya in Japan and ship them to Europe.
As Nikkei Asia notes, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British car exports will face a 10 percent duty in the EU. For comparison, Japanese-made cars are charged a lower tariff of 7.5%, which will be completely abolished in 2026.
Production of the Ariya models heading to Europe and the United States will be done at Nissan’s Tochigi Prefecture plant in Japan, north of Tokyo. Models that are sold in China will be produced locally. Nissan Ariya was presented in July. The model retains the same striking appearance. Depending on the market, four different powertrain configurations will be available.
The model range is based on a rear-wheel drive version with a 65 kWh battery and an electric motor with 215 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. Above this model, there will be a different rear-wheel-drive version with the same power and a 90 kWh battery pack. There will also be two all-wheel drive versions with two electric motors, the first of which has a 65 kWh battery, as well as 335 horsepower and 560 Nm, while the other uses a 90 kWh battery and pumps out 389 hp and 600 Nm.