Nissan will start making it’s popular Navara model car in Africa in 2020. The cars will be built at its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria, South Africa. From there the cars will be shipped to other African countries.
Said Mike Whitfield is Managing director of Nissan Group of Africa:
2020 will see the first of the Nissan Navara models rolling off the production line, strengthening our market leading position. In the process, we will have increased the competitiveness of the Rosslyn plant and created almost 1200 new jobs at the plant and across the supply chain.
The investment by Nissan and its partners of US $207-million will result in the transformation of Nissan’s South African supply chain network by developing 13 new black-owned suppliers and setting localised content targets of 60% in the South African-built Navara.
The decision is the result of Nissans close relations with the government of South Africa on the need for a sustainable and competitive automotive industry.
Today, the Rosslyn plant has been declared an anchor factory for the company’s Africa, Middle East and India region. Our vision for the future is for Nissan to have manufacturing hubs in other African countries – in addition to our two facilities in Egypt and Nigeria. Our belief is that Africa is not just the last frontier for the automotive industry, but also for significant industrialisation and growth. Automotive manufacture is an incredible spur to a country’s industrialisation – and as a country industrialises, diversifying its economy, so its GDP increases, and its people become financially sustainable.
Nissan’s stated objective is to work with African countries who want to partner with us to create a sustainable and competitive automotive industry.
Outside South Africa, African car owners have mostly relied on buying second-hand Japanese cars shipped directly from Japan.
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