May 25, 2010

Nissan India starts Micra production

Nissan Micra

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Nissan Motor has started production of its first made-in-India compact car, Micra , at its Oragadam plant near Chennai. Sales will commence from July.

Nissan India is pitching Micra against Maruti Swift, Hyundai i10 and Ford Figo in the B and B+ segments The category garners 70-75% of the total passenger car market in India (1.43 million units in 2009), said industry sources. An official declined comment on the competitive strategy as well as the price, which will be disclosed at the time of the launch in mid-July.

From May 25, customers will get an opportunity to take a closer look at the Nissan Micra as it will be displayed in Nissan showrooms across the country. The company has also decided to start pre-order bookings at these showrooms. The booking amount is Rs 50,000. The launch will be supported by comprehensive print, digital, radio and TV campaign shortly.

Toshiyuki Shiga, Chief Operating Officer, Nissan Motor Company, said: "The start of commercial production of Nissan Micra is the beginning of a new chapter for us in India. In an exponentially growing and challenging Indian automobile industry, we are introducing a product that has been designed keeping in mind the discerning consumer needs of India. The India-made Micra will supply to strategic markets such as Europe, West Asia and this is only possible due to the high quality skills of Indian team."


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