Nissan Europe is launching the redesigned Navara pickup truck line at its Barcelona plant. The NP300 model has been fine-tuned for European customers and will be built on a renewed production line in Barcelona.

The automaker has spent EUR80m (US$90.12m) introducing the new truck at the plant and will back it with a new five-year warranty.

The Navara was engineered for Europe at Nissan's Technical Centre (NTCE) in Barcelona whcih developed the new 2.3 litre dCi diesel engine and adapted noise and vibration, steering, suspension and brakes for European preferences. Steering knuckles, brake discs and drums are made at the company's Cantabria plant.

Production of the Navara for Nissan will be followed by variants for Renault and Mercedez-Benz, all sharing some common architecture.

Barcelona has capacity to produce about 120,000 vehicles annually for the three brands and 1,000 new jobs will have been created once full production is reached.

Frank Torres, managing director and vice president of Nissan Spanish industrial operations, added: "The new product range in Barcelona points to a sustainable future for the plant and takes us towards our goal of producing 200,000 vehicles per year.

"In 17 months we have launched three vehicles successfully in Spain. As the quality output from this plant continues to improve, we are about to start the production of the fourth. It signals the beginning of our journey to becoming a premium plant."