'Plans to set up plant to bring Datsun to India under study'
"It is under study. Chennai of course is one of the candidates", Nissan Motor India Managing Director and CEO Takayuki Ishida told PTI. "Currently Nissan (Motor Company) headquarters is handling it. It is not a local issue. Of course the implementation is local, but decision making is taken by headquarters," he added.
Last month it was reported that the Franco-Japanese auto alliance Renault Nissan will invest USD 320 million to set up a second plant in India.
Last year, Nissan had said it intends to bring 10 models to India, including the "Datsun" brand priced at below Rs 4 lakh by 2016 to increase its market share to 10 per cent.
Asked about capacity expansion plans of the joint venture manufacturing facility with Renault near here, Ishida said they would consider it next fiscal. "Currently, we have two (assembly) lines with three shifts. Next year we will look for expansion", he said,adding another shift can be taken up to increase capacity.
Nissan in association with Renault has established its Rs 4,500 crore facility at nearby Oragadam to produce its range of cars. Nissan has 70 per cent stake in plant operations. He said government's three per cent excise duty hike for Sports Utility Vehicles would not have much impact on Nissan as the maximum capacity of its vehicles are less than prescribed norms
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