Chennai, India – Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has broken ground for its new passenger vehicle plant in Chennai, India, which is expected to begin operations in 2010. The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 400,000 units and will produce vehicles for export and the local market for both Renault and Nissan. The new facility represents a minimum investment of US$1.1 billion equivalent.

“This is an important day in Chennai for Renault, Nissan, our local employees and the community,” said Shohei Kimura, managing director of RNAIPL. “The new project is a very tangible result of the strength and success of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and is a clear indicator of RNAIPL’s long-term strategy for this important market.”

Renault will produce several cars on its Logan platform and is currently developing a product range to best match the Indian market. Nissan will produce a family of models based on its new A platform, including the next-generation Micra. India is one of the five leading competitive countries to produce the new platform, which is part of Nissan’s GT 2012 five-year business plan.

Nissan plans to introduce nine products in India, ranging from the ULC compact car and light commercial vehicle to higher-end SUVs and sedans, including five locally-built products by 2012. Nissan is working with Hover Automotive India Private Limited as its service partner for marketing, sales, after-sales service and dealer development.

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