Nissan planning to add AMT to Sunny, Evalia and Datsun variants
Automated Manual Transmission has gained some attention in the Indian auto sector. Maruti’s new AMT gearbox on Celerio proved to be a great draw, while Maruti Alto K10 AMT, Tata Motors Zest with AMT and Nano Twist F-Tronic AMT are all slated for launch in the near future.
Not to be left out of the AMT race and in keeping with this increased demand, Nissan is also focusing their attention of developing Automated Manual Transmission gearbox which would make its way into some of the company’s models in India. While Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki are relying on Italy based Magneti Marelli for their AMT units, Nissan is developing this cost effective AMT gearbox in-house and will not be sourcing the same from JATCO, a subsidiary of Nissan.
Once AMT gearbox is successfully launched on Nissan models such as the Micra and Sunny and may be the Evalia, Nissan also plans AMT gearbox on the Datsun brand with the Datsun Go, Datsun Go+ and Redi Go to all get AMT.
Nissan has increased sales in India two fold registering a 141% increase in sales in May 2014 as against the same period in the previous year. Nissan India sold 5,021 units in May 2014 as against 2,080 units in May 2013. The Datsun Go introduced earlier this year contributed to Nissan’s performance with a total of 1,992 units sold last month. The company is eager to expand dealer and service centres and enhance after sales operations while introducing new products to stabilize their position in India.
via Autocar India