Nissan announced its future plans for small vans in Europe. A next-generation model will be built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform and produced alongside Renault Kangoo/Renault Kangoo Z.E. in Maubeuge, France.
The Japanese manufacturer intends to offer both an all-electric and an internal combustion engine powertrain, and both delivery van and passenger versions in multiple size combinations.
We guess that the new Nissan EV will be simply a derivative/rebadged version of the next-generation Renault Kangoo Z.E., hinted in November 2020 and scheduled fro Spring 2021. Details, even a name, were not revealed yet.
The decision is totally expected, especially since the current Nissan NV250 small van (a rebadged Renault Kangoo; only ICE) is produced at the site, alongside the outgoing Renault Kangoo.
“Like the current Nissan NV250 van, which has been manufactured at the Renault Maubeuge plant since 2019, the next-generation model will be built on an Alliance platform alongside the next-generation Renault Kangoo.
The allocation of the next-generation of Nissan small vans to Maubeuge plant means that in the future, all of Nissan’s vans for European customers will be manufactured in France.”
Nissan is one of the market leaders in light commercial vans in Europe, thanks to the launch of the Nissan e-NV200 in 2014. We don’t have an exact number, but probably around 50,000 units of e-NV200 were produced in Spain so far. Most of them were sold in Europe.