As announced, Nissan has now ended production at its plant in Barcelona, meaning that the electric Nissan e-NV200 van is also history. However, Nissan already presented the successor to the NV200 and its e-variant e-NV200, the Townstar, in September.
Nissan started production in Barcelona in 1983 with the Nissan Patrol. Since then, the plant has produced 3.35 million vehicles and more than 15 different models, including the NV200 van and its electric offshoot e-NV200 since 2009 and 2014 respectively. More than 49,000 units of the latter have been produced, according to Nissan. Nissan had already made public the decision to close the plant in mid-2020.
Nissan's Barcelona production facility consists of three parts - the main Zona Franca plant, a press shop in Montcada i Reixac and frame and suspension building facilities in Sant Andreu de la Barca. What happens next for the factory remains unclear. In October, Spanish authorities and Nissan had begun talks with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors about a possible takeover of the plant, but according to a new report from Reuters, Great Wall has now withdrawn its interest.
Meanwhile, in September, Nissan revealed the first details of the successor to its NV200 van and its electric variant, the e-NV200. The new model is called the Nissan Townstar and will also have an all-electric offshoot. It will be based on the CMF-C platform developed together with alliance partner Renault - the new Renault Kangoo and Mercedes Citan are also based on this platform.