Nissan announced today the opening of its second plant in Thailand, which will be used to produce the new Nissan NP300 Navara pick-up truck for the Thailand market as well as export to 45 countries around the world. The 580,000 square metre facility was built at an investment of 3.7 billion baht, bringing with it 2,000 new jobs for Thailand. The plant’s full capacity is expected to reach 150,000 units per annum.
“Thailand is the engine of growth for us in the region, so we’re excited to be opening this second plant today that will produce our latest pickup. It signifies our optimism for Thailand, as a growing automotive market, a center of manufacturing excellence for the region and an export hub for the world,” said Fumiaki Matsumoto, Nissan’s executive vice president responsible for global manufacturing.
The new Nissan NP300 Navara was unveiled last month in Thailand. The model also features a lower roof, higher ground clearance and a larger load area. Narrow- and wide-bodies, king- and double-cabs as well as 2WD and 4WD versions are available. Under the bonnet resides either a 2.5 litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol or a 2.5 litre DOHC four-cylinder turbodiesel, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The most powerful version of the diesel engine does 188 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.
The sedan-like interior has features such as rear air-cond vents, push button start, ‘Zero-Gravity’ seats, as well as a 3D colour TFT screen that displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, compass, fuel economy indicator and audio information. Safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).
GALLERY: Nissan NP300 Navara unveiled in Bangkok