Talks to move Renault Kadjar and Captur production to Nissan Sunderland on hold, according to reports

Renault and Nissan were in talks to move production of the two SUVs from Spain to the UK, but these discussions have been paused due to political climate, reports indicate

Talks to surrounding the proposed move of Renault Kadjar and Captur production to Nissan’s Sunderland plant are on hold, according to reports.

Nissan and Renault have a strategic partnership with each, and were previously reported to be discussing shifting production of the two Renault SUV models from Spain to the UK.

This move, originally relayed by the Financial Times, are now on hold due to the current political climate, according to the paper. One insider told the FT discussions were set to continue "within weeks", while another source said it was too soon to put any timeline on a restarting of negotiations. 

Renault recently announced a wide-ranging cost-cutting programme that will see 15,000 jobs lost worldwide (roughly eight per cent of its workforce), while the future of the Alpine sports car marque also remains in doubt

Nissan's Sunderland plant, which is set to resume production in early June, will remain the Japanese company's European production base, despite previous warnings that Brexit could put its future in jeopardy. The factory has the capacity to produce 500,000 vehicles a year, but only built 350,000 in 2019.

As well as the plant's spare capacity, transferring production of the Kadjar and Captur from Spain to the UK would represent an even greater show of faith in post-Brexit Britain from Nissan, with the company recently having invested £400 million in the plant. The Kadjar and Captur sit on the same model platforms as the Nissan Qashqai and Juke, both of which are already built at Sunderland, so the move would make sense from a manufacturing perspective. 

But while the future of Sunderland - with or without Captur and Kadjar production - remains safe, the same is not true of other Nissan facilities. The firm’s Barcelona van plant faces potential closure be closed, with Navara pick-up production moving to South Africa and the e-NV200 van replacement possibly being built at the Renault plant in Maubeuge, France.

What do you think about the move? Tell us in the comments...

Recommended

Everything you need to know about the Nissan ARIYA
Nissan Ariya
Advertisement Feature

Everything you need to know about the Nissan ARIYA

Nissan’s pure-electric crossover arrives with impressive range and high-quality tech features
20 Dec 2021
Nissan Newbird concept blends classic Bluebird body and Leaf electric motor
Nissan Newbird concept front
Nissan

Nissan Newbird concept blends classic Bluebird body and Leaf electric motor

The Nissan Newbird has been built to celebrate 35 years of vehicle production at the company’s Sunderland plant
16 Dec 2021
Nissan lunar rover concept unveiled as part of JAXA collaboration
Nissan lunar rover 1
Nissan

Nissan lunar rover concept unveiled as part of JAXA collaboration

Nissan’s prototype uses the same e-4ORCE technology as the Ariya SUV, and is designed to provide grip on the surface of the moon
2 Dec 2021
Nissan unveils four new concepts to preview electrification drive
Nissan EV concepts - group
Nissan

Nissan unveils four new concepts to preview electrification drive

There’s a sleek sports car, two SUVs and a single-cab pick-up truck, all powered by Nissan’s e-4ORCE four-wheel-drive electric powertrain
2 Dec 2021

Most Popular

Next-generation Mercedes E-Class to stick with combustion engines
Mercedes E-Class render
Mercedes E-Class

Next-generation Mercedes E-Class to stick with combustion engines

Mercedes is planning on launching a new E-Class in 2023 and it'll come with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains
21 Jan 2022
New 2022 Land Rover Defender 130 revealed in patent images
Land Rover Defender 130
Land Rover Defender

New 2022 Land Rover Defender 130 revealed in patent images

Stretched Land Rover Defender 130 eight-seater leaked in patent images, showcasing design in full
21 Jan 2022
Top 10 best large SUVs on sale 2022
Best large SUVs - header image
Large SUVs

Top 10 best large SUVs on sale 2022

Need a practical family car? Look no further than the best large SUVs on sale today
20 Jan 2022