Local assembly of Nissan’s flagship ute stopped for two-and-a-half months, but is back up and running as of today.
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The Nissan Navara Warrior is back in production after a two-and-a-half month pause due to the coronavirus crisis, which delayed arrivals of donor vehicles from the Thailand factory.

After preparing the Melbourne assembly line last week with a dozen or so examples, production of the Nissan Navara Warrior is due to ramp up from today, with shipments to dealers to recommence from next week.

At its peak prior to the COVID-19 lockdowns, Premcar – formerly responsible for engineering and manufacturing Ford Performance Vehicles – was completing almost 60 vehicles a week.

The outfit plans to quickly ramp up to about 30 Nissan Navara Warriors weekly, before returning to full capacity for the remainder of the year.

After a slow start, demand for the Nissan Navara Warrior is gaining momentum, aided in part by its comparatively sharp drive-away price: $62,990 drive-away for a six-speed manual, or $65,490 drive-away for a seven-speed auto.

Although it’s not quite as capable as the Ford Ranger Raptor, it’s close to that vehicle’s ability and costs about $20,000 less.

A statement from Nissan Australia boss Stephen Lester said: “With the resumption of manufacturing overseas after COVID-related shutdowns, we now have a steady pipeline of Navara ready for Premcar to re-manufacture into Australia’s toughest Navara, the N-Trek Warrior.”

Nissan said some buyers had to wait to take delivery due to the interruption to production.

“The Navara N-Trek Warrior has proven to be a very popular choice for Australian ute buyers since its introduction late last year, and we have customers ready for their Warrior delivery once completed at Premcar’s facility in Victoria,” said Mr Lester.