Nissan has launched new versions of its X-Trail sport utility vehicle and luxury sedan Teana in India. It is a part of an aggressive India expansion plan by the Japanese car maker. “India is the single biggest country in Nissan’s investment plan in 2009,” said Kiminobu Tokuyama, CEO & MD, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.
As of now, Nissan ships cars to India ready-made from Japan, incurring a 109 percent import duty. The high costs of the vehicles have thwarted sales till date. The company has sold just 1000 units of X-Trail and 300 units of Teana in the country.
Tokuyama said that by 2012, Nissan plans to expand its India product line from two to nine models, five of which would be manufactured in India, and ramp up its dealer network from five to 55 outlets.
According to Tokuyama, Nissan’s first India-made car – a new version of the hatchback that now sells under the Micra brand in Europe and the March brand in Japan – would roll out of its Chennai factory in May 2010.