Pretoria - Nissan South Africa has announced a R3 billion investment in its Rosslyn plant in Gauteng, which will see it produce the Navara bakkie for the first time ever.
Navara production will commence from 2020 on an upgraded, and more flexible, production line that will see it built alongside the existing older-generation NP300 and the unibody NP200 compact bakkie.
The Navara is currently sold in South Africa as a limited range of imported double cab models, but Nissan SA said that it would produce a “full” line-up of Navara models. Although the exact model mix has yet to be announced, an expanded range could certainly include lower-spec double cab and single cab models.
Nissan is hoping that Navara production will add 30 000 units to the plant’s annual production, almost doubling the current volume of 35 000, and although a new export programme has not been formally announced, Nissan states that the move “expands the role of the plant as a Light Commercial Vehicle manufacturing hub" for Nissan. The current NP models are exported to 45 pan-African countries.
The announcement, made at the Rosslyn plant on Wednesday morning, was attended by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who congratulated Nissan employees for securing this important model for local production.