Nissan Opens Second Thailand Plant for New NP300 Navara Truck
$114 Million Investment to Employ 2,000, Build 150,000 Units a Year
When Nissan started teasing shots of its next-generation truck last month, the metric figures teased in the YouTube video suggested it was an overseas model, and sure enough, it was confirmed to be the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara. Nissan North America officials were quick to note that the new NP300 Navara would not be exactly the same as the new Frontier headed for our shores, but said that the two trucks would share some hardware. The Frontier may not be a blockbuster seller in the U.S., but it's one of Nissan's best-selling models in Thailand and a popular model in more than 45 markets around the world. Not only is the NP300 Navara an all-new truck, it's being built in an all-new plant in Bangkok.
The new plant represents a $114 million investment and covers a massive 6.2 million square feet. The new plant will employ 2,000 employees and will have a maximum production capacity of 150,000 units. The plant is Nissan's second production facility in Thailand, in addition to its R&D facility in the country.
Pricing for the NP300 Navara in Thailand ranges from the equivalent of $17,741 USD for an entry-level King (extended) Cab, to $30,731 for a fully equipped Crew Cab. The global-market Navara will be offered with Nissan's 2.5L YD-series turbodiesel mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. It's believed the next-generation North American Frontier may have a 2.8L Cummins I-4 as an option.