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Toyota to Bring and Nissan Not to Bring EVs to India

By Motortrend India Staff   |   21 October,2009

Toyota has finally decided to launch its Prius in India and the launch is due early next year.


“We will be introducing our hybrid car in India sometime in the beginning of next year and it will be Prius,” Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Vice-Chairman Kazuo Okamoto told a group of visiting Indian journalists.


On the other hand, Nissan is mulling over the introduction of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the Indian market as part of its global plan to roll out cleaner and alternative fuel technology.


The company, which is part of Renault Group, showcased three electric vehicle (EV) models on Wednesday and announced plans for a concept car at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show.


Nissan said it would mark its entry into the EV segment with launches in the US, Japan and European markets in 2010.


When asked about the company's plan to introduce the EV models in India, Nissan Motor Corporation Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn replied, “If there is a market, yes sure. There is absolutely no limitation for where the car will go.”


He added, “The global mass marketing of the EVs will start from 2012 but we are starting it in 2010 in Japan, US and Europe. Then we are going to ramp up. I think India will probably come at a later stage because of infrastructure, and infrastructure is very important.”



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