Reports have emerged that Japanese automaker Nissan is mulling the idea of stopping production across Europe. Currently, it has suspended business in Spain, the UK and Russia in response to COVID-19 and national government guidelines.
If the rumors are true, Nissan will focus on its main markets going forward, including North America, China and Japan. This, of course, does not include Europe.
Like many other automakers, the company has made significant cuts to its e-mobility division. It seems that it will allocate its plug-in hybrid push to Mitsubishi and battery electric vehicles to Renault, something it has been planning in the background for a while now. But it may not be enough to sustain business in Europe, even with the production of the Qashqai and Juke in its Sunderland factory.
Neither Mitsubishi or Renault have announced any statement on this matter.
“Like the rest of the automotive industry, Nissan is looking forward to resuming business as soon as circumstances across Europe allow. The industry is currently working with very limited visibility on future market conditions, however some activities are now taking place under new safety protocols,” said the company in a press statement.