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      Nissan car plant goes online at Chennai, Tamilnadu

      Renault-Nissan alliance inaugurated their massive 4,00,000 capacity plant at Oragadam in the presence of CEO Carlos Ghosn, Hon. Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Dr. Kalaignar Karunanithi and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Dr M.K. Stalin. The presence of Yoshiro Mori, president, the Japan-India Association & Former Prime Minister of Japan and both the Ambassadors of Japan and France to India shows how important India is to Renault-Nissan. More than 1,000 guests from Renault-Nissan and the media joined the dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony.

      The 4,00,000 capacity plant has come up at an investment of Rs 45 Billion (US$ 990 Million, yup thats 990 followed by 6 zeros – 990,000,000). The Chennai plant initially employs 1,500 workers for the Start of Production in May this year. This facility has created over 6,000 job opportunities in the region.


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      Interesting! Competition is always good.

      Google Maps shows the Renault-Nissan plant as located at Padappai (intersection of SH48 and SH57), nowhere close to Oragadam.
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      The micra will come with the 1.5 lit common rail diesel that does duty in the logan. Not a high powered engine, but still pretty entertaining, even in the heavier logan. That higher cubic capacity also shows a lot of promise. I'm really looking forward to this car-engine combo.
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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post19689.html#p19689
      rippergeo » Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:06 pm[/url]]The micra will come with the 1.5 lit common rail diesel that does duty in the logan. Not a high powered engine, but still pretty entertaining, even in the heavier logan. That higher cubic capacity also shows a lot of promise. I'm really looking forward to this car-engine combo.
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      Fit and finish , interiors, power train looks promising. Now its up to Nissan to get pricing right!
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      Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://gearheads.in/post19686.html#p19686
      hrag » Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:24 pm[/url]]Interesting! Competition is always good.

      Google Maps shows the Renault-Nissan plant as located at Padappai (intersection of SH48 and SH57), nowhere close to Oragadam.
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      I saw Nissan mirca being tested in Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai.


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      Quote Originally Posted by hrag View Post
      Google Maps shows the Renault-Nissan plant as located at Padappai (intersection of SH48 and SH57), nowhere close to Oragadam.
      The plant is on the way from Singaperumal Koil to Oragadam, if you are coming from Mahindra World City. You need to take SH-57. Renault-Nissan also have their business office at Mahindra World City, Paranur.

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      Nissan plans diesel engine unit inside Oragadam plant

      The Hindu : Business / Companies : Nissan plans diesel engine unit inside Oragadam plant

      This was a bit surprising. I thought they were already doing this. Does it mean that once they start manufacturing the Diesel engine within India, we can expect to see price drops on the Micra, Logan, Sunny Diesel(Expected in Auto-Expo 2012)?



      Japanese car maker Nissan is setting up a diesel engine plant inside its manufacturing facility at Oragadam near here. Initially, it will produce 2 lakh engines. This could be scaled up to 4 lakh numbers. In an interaction with presspersons here on Thursday, Sunil Rekhi, Chief Financial Officer of Nissan Motor India, said Nissan would come out with the diesel version of its just-launched ‘Sunny' sedan at the Auto Expo 2012 in January in Delhi. Mr. Rekhi said Nissan was committed to India on a long-term basis and was keen to localise its products to the maximum level. As part of this exercise, the company was setting up a diesel engine plant with Renault India, he added. “It is a joint investment plant and flexible enough to produce both petrol and diesel versions,” he said. “We can produce 2 lakh engines initially. This can be scaled up to 4 lakh units going forward, matching our total production capacity in the car facility,” he added.

      He said the investment into the engine plant would be “around a few hundred crore and formed part of the total investment of Rs.4,500 crore into Indian operations. We seek to drive all our diesel cars in India with ‘made-in-India' diesel engines,” he said. Nissan would initially start the Sunny diesel version with imported engine. However, Sunny would be localised immediately once India-made diesel engine went into production, he added.

      Nissan, he said, hoped to more than double its sales this year in India. Though the market was going through difficult period owing to rising interest rate, inflation and fluctuation in rupee/dollar rate, Nissan hoped to sell around 30,000 units in the current financial year.

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      The company, on Thursday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with State Bank of India (SBI) to finance its customers as well as dealers. “This will help us penetrate deep into the markets as SBI has branches in nook and corner of India,” he said.
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      Quote Originally Posted by roadracer View Post
      Does it mean that once they start manufacturing the Diesel engine within India, we can expect to see price drops on the Micra, Logan, Sunny Diesel(Expected in Auto-Expo 2012)?
      Micra, Sunny....yes...Logan...no as M & M owns it

      Well the idea of starting the unit here is to bring down the cost *but* will the benefit be passed on to customer?? That's the big question
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