Fleet News

New Renault Trafic to be rebadged as Nissan

THE Renault Trafic/Vauxhall Vivaro, the new light van being launched this summer under an agreement between Renault and Vauxhall, will be rebadged as a Nissan in Europe in the second half of 2002. Renault took over 36.8% of ailing Nissan Motor in 1999 and news of new joint ventures has been long expected.

Last week, the setting up of a new joint Renault/Nissan purchasing organisation was announced, which will provide additional savings on common projects. This week it was revealed that the Trafic/Vivaro will be built in Nissan's Barcelona factory in addition to Vauxhall's Luton plant. Some 64,000 units a year will roll off the production line in Spain on top of the 86,000 planned for Luton. The Nissan will differentiate from its brothers by a new grille, front indicators and seats, but will carry a Nissan badge. The van will be sold and serviced by the Nissan network.

A spokesman for Nissan said: 'Within the framework of the Renault/Nissan alliance, the cross-badging policy in Europe will be limited to the LCV range. For the future, Renault and Nissan are studying other clearly differentiated LCV models based on common platforms.'

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee