Nissan India has appointed former Brand Head, Skoda Auto India, Thomas Kuehl as the new President for the Japanese carmaker's India operations. He will be taking charge from Guillaume Sicard who will not be taking up his new position as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific and MD, South Asia, Renault. In the new role, Kuehl will head all India operations including marketing, sales, manufacturing as well as R&D. Before being the Brand Head of Skoda Auto India, Kuehl was the Executive Director, Corporate Strategy, Volkswagen Group, India and brings with him over 22 years of automotive experience. “Nissan India is an increasingly important part of Nissan’s future growth plans. Thanks to his diverse and deep global auto industry experience, Thomas will help drive our business forward with a focus on delivering the best products and satisfaction for our customers, dealers and employees in India,” said said Peyman Kargar, Chairman, Nissan Africa, Middle East and India region
Thomas Kuehl will be based out of the Nissan India headquarters in Gurgaon and will directly report to Peyman Kargar. At the appointment, Kuel said, “I am excited to be returning to India with Nissan. I have first-hand experience of the dynamism and great potential of India, which is on track to become one of the top three auto markets worldwide. Nissan is also poised for significant growth with an expanding range of great products, technologies and services across the Nissan and Datsun brands and a well-established and quality-driven national retail network, supported by local production and R&D in Chennai.”
Nissan sells cars through its parent brand as well as a low-cost brand, Datsun in India. The cars sold under the Nissan brand include the Micra Active, the Micra, Sunny, Terrano and the GT-R. Through the Datsun brands, the company sells the Go, Go Plus and the redi-GO. The company is also going to introduce the redi-GO with a 1.0 litre petrol engine soon which will be available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Over the 0.8 litre variants, the redi-GO 1.0 would get minor tweaks to the front bumper, an all-black theme as well as red/black coloured seats. The 1.0 litre unit produces 67 hp of power and 91 Nm of torque. The claimed ARAI mileage of the new variant is 22.50 kmpl and in terms of safety, the top two versions would get a driver side SRS airbag.