No bright future: Nissan shuts down its oldest car factory in Europe

No bright future: Nissan shuts down its oldest car factory in Europe


Nissan has stopped its assembly plant near Barcelona. The last car left its assembly line on December 16. This car is the Nissan Navara pickup.

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine Auto with reference to Reuters.

The Japanese automaker is closing a whole complex of enterprises, which, in addition to the Zona Franca assembly site, also includes factories for the manufacture of suspension elements, frame welding and stamping of body parts. In total, the factories near Barcelona employed more than 3,000 employees.

The Spanish factory was opened in 1983. Initially, Patrol SUVs were produced on it. Also, Nissan Terrano II, Pathfinder, Navara, Primastar, and even Mercedes-Benz X-Class rolled off the conveyors of the Nissan Barcelona enterprise. The plant’s latest products are the e-NV200 electric van and the Navara pickup. In just 38 years, the Spanish plant produced almost 3 million 346 thousand cars.

Previously, the Chinese Great Wall Motor was considered a potential buyer of the Spanish plant, but over time, investors from the Middle Kingdom changed their minds about making such a large deal.

It is reported that some of the enterprises may become part of QEV Technologies from Barcelona, ​​which develops and produces electric sports cars, cooperates with BAIC in creating promising electric vehicles, and is also working to revive the legendary Hispano Suiza brand.

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