NISSAN TO SHRINK ITSELF

An exclusive Reuters report suggests that Nissan South Africa could lose a few of its current models due to a shakeup the mother company in Japan will soon announce. Nissan SA is a strategic component of the Nissan group because it has a working plant in Rosslyn, Tshwane, and also supplies much of Africa. However, Nissan itself is going through a rationalisation phase and will apparently detail global measures to address this.

It is concerning though that the Indonesian factory would close for example, meaning others are also vulnerable. Nissan, according to sources Reuters spoke to, expanded too quickly under former CEO Carlos Ghosn and sacrificed quality as a result. Now the company wants to become smaller, leaner, so more closures will be needed to take total global production down from about 7 million to 5.5 million a year.

Currently Nissan SA sells over 15 models, including under the Datsun and GTR brands. Most of their fleet is no longer the freshest in the lot and needs to be updated or completely replaced. About half of its sales come from vehicles classified as Commercial Vehicles, which include the Navara, NP200 and NP300. Best-sellers in the passenger market are the Almera, X-Trail, Qashqai and Datsun Go.

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