The Japanese car maker Nissan had announced that the company’s next generation Nissan Micra would be manufactured in Renault’s Flins plant at France. The production will commence on 2016 according to the company and the expected annual volume of production is 82000 units. The Nissan Micra, which is also known as the March in other markets, has been manufactured at Europe at present.
Renaults had already been Nissan’s alliance partner and has got this through signing the contract for new growth and social development of Renault in France. According to the contract, Renault has agreed to increase production at its plants by 180000 vehicles by 2016 as a return for labour consessions which was obtained a month earlier including wage restraint and longer hours. Nissan had asked to increase the capacity of the French plants to 85 percent. The current capacity of the plants is around 60 to 65 percent. The company deems it as good news for Flins and all other plants in France.
The car to be produced is a replacement model for the current Nissan Micra compact car. The Flins plant is to start the left hand drive version of the car, while the right hand drive version will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai plant. The Chennai plant has already been producing the current model Micra which was started in 2010. Some Left hand drive model of the new model Nissan Micra will also be produced at Chennai plant for export to other markets. The company had confirmed that there will not be any impact on Nissan’s current and future India.
According to the Nissan Power 88 six year business plans, the company has a target of increasing the market share of the company to 8 percent by the end of the fiscal year of 2016. The company has planned to launch a new model every six weeks for the duration of the plan.