- Frank Torres, NSIO VP,: “New medium size truck is a key asset to assure mid-term Nissan Spain industrial operations”.
- Ávila plant has received an investment of €100 million to develop the model and get prepared for its launching.
- With this new truck Nissan maintains its leadership in the segment within the European Market.
Nissan has celebrated the start of production of new NT500 light duty truck in Ávila plant. Managing Director and Vice President Nissan Spanish Industrial Operations, Frank Torres; Spanish Industry Secretary, Begoña Cristeto; Program Director of Nissan Motor Company, Keiichiro Miyanaga; Castilla y León President, Juan Vicente Herrera and the Major of Ávila, Miguel Ángel García Nieto have chaired the ceremony where the second eye of a Daruma doll has been painted by three employees to be grateful for the success of this project.
All-new NT500 offers high levels of driver comfort with a new chassis cab, and a new cabin with high levels of quality, modern and functional. New light duty truck is offered in a wide variety of wheelbases with gross vehicle weights starting at 3.5 and rising to 7.5 tonnes; and also two engines, two transmissions -manual across all models and robotised at 7.5 t- and three model grades.
NT500 sets Nissan in the best position to achieve the goal set in “Nissan Power 88” plan: a global market share of 8% in 2016. New medium duty truck joins Cabstar, NV200, NV400, Evalia and Navara -a list that in a few months will be enlarged with electric eNV200, produced in Barcelona for the whole world- and positions Nissan as the brand with the widest range of commercial vehicles in Europe.
According to forecasts, Avila factory will produce 2.500 units per year of this all-new truck that will be sold in France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
All-new truck, key to assure mid-term Nissan Spain industrial operations
With the start of production of these all-new light duty truck Nissan strengths its operational footprint in Spain. Ávila is the mother plant for light trucks in Europe. NT500 has meant an investment of €100 million to develop the model and prepare the factory and its local suppliers for its launching. Designed in Japan, NT500 is a project leaded by Nissan Technical Centre in Spain.