BARCELONA – Suppliers are investing E240 million in tooling to make parts for the new Nissan Pathfinder SUV, which starts production here on January 24.
Visteon, Benteler, Johnson Controls Inc. and Dana are among the biggest of the 184 suppliers taking part in the program. Nissan added 15 new suppliers for the Pathfinder project.
Nissan asked its suppliers to work more closely with it on development, said Nissan Espana spokesman Emilio Fabrega.
“Their investment reflects the strength of the industrial supplier body based in Barcelona,” Fabrega said.
Dana will supply the rear axles.
“We are committed to Spain, where we have several automotive projects,” said Paul Burman, sales and marketing director of Dana’s engine and fluid management group.
Dana has plants in several parts of Spain, where it supplies Seat, Ford, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault-Nissan plants.
Most of Nissan’s suppliers are located around the Barcelona plant rather than immediately next to it.
There are two reasons for this:
1. The Nissan plant has little room to expand, located between a local market and a Seat storage center.
2. Nearby suppliers also make parts for other automakers with plants in Barcelona, including Seat, DaimlerChrysler and Fiat group truckmaker Iveco.
The Pathfinder is based on the Dunehawk concept vehicle shown at the 2003 IAA in Frankfurt.
Nissan will introduce the European version of the Pathfinder in March. A pickup derivative will be added later.
The Pathfinder has been on sale in the US for more than a year. It is built at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, plant.