PARIS - A commercial van jointly being developed by Renault and General Motors to replace the Trafic may be produced at Nissan's plant in Barcelona, Spain.
If the plans are approved, Barcelona would be the first Nissan plant in Europe to manufacture a Renault model.
'We are studying the possibility of building a new commercial van in Barcelona,' said Renault Chairman Louis Schweitzer.
GM's version of the new van, due in 2001, will be made at the Vauxhall plant in Luton, England. The current Trafic is built at Renault's plant in Batilly, France.
The companies announced in May that Renault light commercial vehicles also would be sold as Nissans in Europe. In addition, Nissan sport-utilities would be sold as Renaults.
By making the next Trafic, which is sold by GM under the Arena name, Barcelona would become dedicated to light commercial vehicles and sport-utilities. The Tino compact minivan, which recently went into production in Barcelona, would probably be moved to another plant.