Nissan denied a report that it has opted to build its Ariya full-electric SUV in Japan for European markets rather than produce it in the UK where its Sunderland plant is under threat from a hard Brexit.
Nissan initially considered making the Ariya for Europe in Sunderland, Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday. But Brexit worries and Japan's trade deal with with Britain that takes effect next month and abolishes auto tariffs in a similar manner as the Japan-EU trade deal led Nissan to decide in favor of exporting the Ariya from Japan, Nikkei said.
A Nissan Europe spokesman said Ariya production has been planned at the automaker's factory in Japan's Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo "for several years." Japan production was confirmed in July when the Ariya was unveiled, the spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
Nissan will build the Ariya in China for Chinese market, as well as at its Tochigi plant for the Japan, the U.S. and Europe, Automotive News Europe reported in July.