Nissan invests R3 billion in SA, employs 400 extra workers to build new Navara

Nissan is investing R3 billion to equip its factory in Rosslyn near Pretoria to build the new Navara.

The investment will boost the carmaker's production capacity by 30 00 units.

The plant will hire an extra 400 employees.

Nissan will produce the bakkie for both local and export markets.

The Japanese automaker has been making vehicles in South Africa since 1963.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mike Whitfield, Managing Director at Nissan Africa.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

We’re on track to roll the first vehicle off the line in 2020.

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

Our business is very much a long-term business… The investment is not linked to any short-term decision…

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

It [Navara] is a lot more complex than anything we’re building today…

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

We have a truly [globally] competitive plant…

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

It [Africa] is the only market without a substantial automotive industry…

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

The quality of the graduates we’re getting is excellent. We train them both here and globally…

Mike Whitfield, Managing Director - Nissan Africa

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