Nissan, the Japanese auto maker, has plans to bring out its small car in India next year. And it is expected that the company will start trial production of this upcoming model from its Chennai plant in November.
"More than 30 units will be produced in the first trial production that will commence in November," a source familiar with the development said.
The construction of the company's plant in Chennai is going ahead to meet the May 2010 deadline for launch of the small car in India.
Nissan has already started the trial production of powertrain in September and also trial run of the body shop. And now it is installing stamping machines.
"Our first car that is made on this global compact car platform in Chennai will have its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2010," the spokesperson said.
In partnership with French auto maker Renault, Nissan is planning to set up the Chennai making an investment of Rs 4,500 crore and over a period of seven years. The initial capacity of the Chennai plant would be around 200,000 units, scalable up to 400,000 units in the future.
"The Chennai plant will start exports in the second half of 2010. We will export 110,000 units in 2011 to more than 100 countries especially, Europe (30 countries) and will increase to 180,000 units in the future," the spokesperson added.
Nissan sells only two models, Teana and X-trial, in the country currently. The company is planning to launch another nine models in India within the next three years. Out of the nine, five would be manufactured locally.