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Why invest in Renault/Nissan/Frontier?
I'm not at all trying to be provocative. We've been looking at Frontiers for years & not finding what we want, so we're now looking at Tacomas & F150s as well. A Frontier is the preference, but at this point I'm wondering why should I "invest" in a company that provides so few options for us buyers? By invest I mean when I buy this truck, I'm buying future parts, paying Nissan trained mechanics in the future, trusting Nissan/Renault to back up recalls & bulletins.
The parts that make me most nervous are these: The majority of Nissan is owned by Renault, based out of Paris, France. Nissan is showing NO interest in upgrading their trucks & no interest in attracting me as a customer, which tells me they don't really want to invest in me either. Meanwhile, Europe-centered Renault is apparently leading in ELECTRIC vehicle development &/or sales...a mindset more European than American right now. That's also something more realistic in Europe than in America, at least in the wide open west where I am. Maybe Renault-Nissan is more interested in an electric future than a gassy Frontier (bad pun intended). To make the choice even harder, I remember when I was young seeing Renault cars here & there, but mostly they were parked for repairs. Nobody bought them, but they now own the majority of Nissan, a company showing no interest in the truck I'm interested in. And Renault-Nissan has approx 9 brands under their name, 1/2 I've never heard of (that's fine), Nissan, Infinity (used to make nice sedans but I don't know anymore), Datsun (no thanks), & Mitsubishi (no thanks). Not really confidence inspiring.
I'm having a hard time seeing a good future for me if I purchase a Nissan Frontier pickup truck, but maybe you can set me straight.