Nissan Micra's replacement may come in 2016

Thursday 07 August 2014, 10:11 AM by

Japanese carmaker Nissan has recently spoken about the possible replacement for the Micra hatchback in India. Nissan states that this would be the first car to come out as part of 'Common Module Family' (CMFA) platform announced for India by Carlson Ghosn, Global Chief, Nissan-Renault Alliance.

Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra's replacement may come in 2016

Andy Palmer, Chief Planning officer and executive Vice-President, Nissan Motor Corporation, said, "We are working on new product/s to replace our popular Micra in India by 2016. The new product will not only serve the domestic market but also the neighbouring countries as has been done by the existing Micra. However, for European and other major markets, Nissan will bring out a next generation Micra out of its France manufacturing plant and will not produce the same due to its cost factor. Both the companies (alliance partners) will use the common platform to bring out new products to their choice in India. In fact, Renault is also working on our CMFA platform to bring out a new product next year in India. The products will be different and the marketing strategies will be different between both the companies."

For now, Nissan has neither spoken on the technicalities nor hinted on the name of the yet to be launched car. Speaking more on Nissan's poor sales numbers in India, Andy Palmer said, “The sales were not on our expected lines due to slow pick- up, distribution problems and other reasons. However, after the Datsun Go launch in March this year and taking over the distribution/dealer networks set up on our own during the same time, we could see things improving fast. In fact, we could see a turnaround in our sales growth and posted 166% growth in Q1 of this fiscal. With a few more products in pipeline, including the replacement of Micra next year and with dealer expansion to 300 from 128 now, we hope by 2016 the Chennai plant capacity of 480,000 units per annum would be fully utilised. As said earlier we would attain 10% market share in the next few years."

Source: FE

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