Nissan’s superb workhorse, the Navara bakkie, will now be built in South Africa and sold throughout Africa. The automaker’s giant R3bn investment will double its Rosslyn plant’s capacity and create more than a thousand new jobs.
Adding the Navara to the production mix will allow a two shift system, boosting annual production capacity at the Rosslyn plant to 70 000 vehicles. It will not only increase the competitiveness of the factory but also create 400 direct jobs at Nissan and 800 new jobs in its expanded local supply chain. This greater supply chain will include at least 13 new black-owned suppliers. It will also eventually boost the local content of the Navara to 60%. Production is expected to start in November 2020.
According to Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan Group of Africa, the Rosslyn plant already produces the popular NP300 and NP200 for the South African market, as well as for distribution to 45 African countries. Last year the Roslyn plant built 45 000 of these bakkies, and production of both models will continue.
Nissan plans to produce around 30 000 Navaras per year, of which 12 000 are destined for the African sub-Saharan market.
Nissan already has plants in Nigeria and Egypt and is considering new facilities in Ghana, Algeria, and Ethiopia. However, the volume at the Rosslyn ‘Mother Plant’ will dwarf all other continental production.
The new Nissan Navara
The 2020 Navara will still be the capable workhorse South Africans know and love, but with the addition of SUV-inspired features it now offers a smoother and more comfortable ride, on- and off-road. There are currently eight models to choose from: five 2-wheel drives and three 4-wheel drives, with manual and automatic transmission options.
All Navara models share the rugged and powerful 2.3l 4 cylinder diesel. This twin turbo unit gives 140 kW of power at 3 750rpm and offers 450 Nm of torque between 1 500 and 2500 rpm.
Contact your nearest Group 1 Nissan dealer to view the full Nissan Navara range and to book a test drive.