The Indian subsidiary of the Japanese Nissan Motor Company has taken the first step to export new cars from its plant near Chennai by shipping out six Nissan Micra cars as test consignment to Spain. The cars were shipped on Saturday.
The Nissan Micra had been unveiled by Carlos Ghosn, the Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will come with a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine and will emit as low as 115 grams of CO2.
“Trial transportation for exports is a very important milestone for us as we gear up for exports to Europe from second half of 2010,” Kiminobu Tokuyama, Nissan Motor India managing director, said on Monday.
Nissan Motors will focus on India for a major part of production of its cars. The company plans to ship cars made near Chennai to over 100 nations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Nissan Motors plans to export around 110,000 cars out of India next year and increase it to 180,000 after that.
Tokuyama said that production of the Nissan Micra for the domestic market would begin in May and for the export market after 3 months.