PARIS -- Nissan could delay plans to build light vans in Morocco at a new assembly factory it is building with alliance partner Renault.
The 200,000-unit plant near the Mediterranean city of Tangiers is scheduled to open in 2010.
Renault will produce models derived from its low-cost Logan platform at the factory. Nissan plans to produce a new generation of light commercial vehicles there.
A Nissan spokesman said the company is reconsidering its future plans for the light commercial vehicle segment because of the global sales slump.
"We are looking into ways of optimizing investments in the utility vehicle sector," the spokesman said, adding that the review "may mean some delays to our plans in Morocco."
Nissan is not withdrawing from the project, the spokesman said.
Renault has the lead role in the first stage of the 600 million euro project, which targets production of 200,000 vehicles annually from 2010, eventually rising 400,000 units.
Earlier this month, Renault said it was freezing plans to produce cars at a joint factory with Nissan now under construction in southeastern India.
The 780 million-euro plant near Chennai was scheduled to begin production of Renault and Nissan vehicles in May 2010, with a gradual ramping up to a capacity of 400,000 cars a year by 2015.
The global slowdown and financial concerns have forced Renault to postpone indefinitely its Chennai plans, but Nissan's production line is going ahead as planned.
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