Chennai, Sep 27: Japanese Nissan Motor Company is planning to double its vehicle sales in the Indian market and will study the need for another plant in the country, a top official of the company’s Indian subsidiary said.
“We plan to double our domestic sales this year to around 66,000 units while maintaining the export volumes at around 100,000 units,” Takayuki Ishida, managing director and chief executive officer at Nissan Motor India Private Ltd, told IANS here Thursday after launching the company’s new model Evalia.
The company last year sold around 33,000 units and shipped out 100,000 units.
Asked whether the company would be needing another production facility in India as it would be touching the full capacity at its plant at Oragadam near here, Ishida said for now the capacity is sufficient. For the future, it has to be decided internally first, he added.
Nissan and French auto major Renault have jointly built a car plant near here where from Nissan and Renault badged vehicles are rolled out.
According to Ishida, the company is increasing the level of local components in its diesel engine assembled at the Indian plant.
He said the scaling down of production at Nissan’s plant in China will not have any major impact on the operations here though some components are imported from China.
Speaking about Nissan Motor India’s new offering, the seven-seater multi-utility vehicle (MUV) Evalia, Ishida said the model will contribute to the overall sales volumes for the company.
Ishida said Evalia is primarily for the Indian market though the company ships out Micra and Sunny models overseas.
G.Sanjay, marketing head at Hover Automotive India Pvt Ltd, said Evalia is expected to touch a monthly volume of around 2,500 units.
Hover Automotive is responsible for setting up Nissan dealerships across India.