Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan axed in Europe

With Nissan’s factory in Barcelona, Spain, due to close soon, EU production of the Renault Alaskan and the Nissan Navara will end.

And it won’t be replaced with versions of the Navara built elsewhere, like Thailand.

In 2014 Nissan launched the D23 Navara NP300 with high hopes of gaining a bigger slice of the growing pickup market in Europe.

Pickup sales stalled as the Navara and other midsize pickups are often too big for tight city streets in Europe, and buyers prefer vans, which come in small, midsize and large variants.

Nissan hoped to increase sales further with a rebadged (and slightly redesigned) Renault Alaskan model for its Alliance partner, as well as more throughly reengineered Mercedes-Benz X-Class. Both bombed.