Nissan will export Datsun Go, if there is demand
The new Datsun Go has been a success. Last month, about 50% of the cars sold by Nissan in India, were Datsun Go. Tailored made for India, Nissan has no plans as of now to export the hatchback to other markets, but if there is demand, they will start exporting the Go.
Nissan sold a total of 5,301 units in April 2014 as against 1,239 units in April 2013 resulting in a 328% increase in sales. Datsun Go sales of 2,691 units contributed to 50% of April 2014 sales. With more dealerships coming up in the future, Nissan expects Datsun Go sales will grow further. Nissan aims to increase dealerships across the country from a current count of 130 dealerships to 200 by end of FY 15.
New models are being planned under the Datsun brand. This will include Go+ MPV and an another car, which is most-likely going to be a Redi Go based crossover. As far as export of Datsun Go from India is concerned, Kenichiro Yomura, MD and CEO, Nissan India, has stated that they will export the Go if there is demand.
Renault-Nissan Oragadam factory will see increased manufacturing capacity resulting in them meeting total output of 400,000 cars annually, by the end of this year. Renault-Nissan India plant, a joint venture between French automakers Renault and Japanese car maker Nissan, will see total production reach 700,000 units per year by 2016-17.
On the other hand, Renault plans to launch the A entry budget hatchback and Lodgy MPV in 2015. As on date, the cars manufactured and assembled at Oragadam include Nissan Micra Active, Micra facelift, Sunny, Evalia, Terrano and Teana while the Renault lineup includes Pulse, Scala, Duster, Fluence and Koleos. Currently added Datsun Go hatchback will soon be joined by the Go+ MPV.