Nissan is making great strides where the Russian markets are concerned. Increased demand has made Russia one of Nissan’s major markets and it is here that the company will be honing their skills in the coming years. In the coming five years, Nissan expects to double its market share by 10% which will result in them tripling their annual sales.
In Russia, Nissan has set up a factory which works three shifts and produces three models. Teana was the first which was followed by X Trail and Murano. X Trail is the company’s No.1 selling product and is popular among Russian buyers. Earlier this year, Nissan also announced their plans to invest €167 million ($213 million) at the St. Petersburg plant while adding more cars to their lineup. Following these developments, employment opportunities in the area have improved drastically which also raises the standard of living and income levels in the country.
Nissan also gets ready to introduce the next generation Qashqai and Almera sedan in 2013 both of which will be produced at the company Togliatti plant. Keeping in mind BRIC nations, Nissan is focused on expansion in the Indian auto market. Apart from regularly increasing their dealership network, the Nissan Evalia launch is scheduled for September 2012.
News release: Factoring in Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Growth in Europe’s strongest car market is key to Nissan’s global expansion, and raising output at Russian factories such as St. Petersburg will be essential.
Nissan targets a near doubling of market share in the nation of 140 million to at least 10% by the year 2016, and that means a tripling of annual sales.
Dmitry Mikhailov, Managing Director of the St. Petersburg Plant, said expansion has been quick but steady.
“Nissan made a great development over the last five years in Russia. First, we built a factory, we started the factory, and launched three shifts and three models,” he said.
“We started with Teana, after that we launched X-Trail and then Murano. X-trail is our biggest model in terms of numbers, as this model in particular is popular with Russian customers.”
Nissan announced plans in May to invest 167 million euro, or about $213 million, in the St. Petersburg plant, adding jobs and more cars to the model line up.
“So, realistically from a statistical point of view, we are speaking about 30% of all cars that Nissan is selling in Russia are produced in this factory,” said Mikhailov. “After expansion, this percentage will increase and we will deliver more models that will be popular in Russia.”
Living standards and incomes are rising in Russia, and to meet higher demand a production ramp up is coming.
St. Petersburg will make the next-generation Qashqai, while the Almera sedan will be launched in 2013 with production at the Togliatti plant.
The vast country, with a $1.9 trillion economy, will soon be home to three Nissan brands as well as firm Alliance production ties.
The strategy for Nissan and other manufactures in Russia now appears to be “If you build it – locally, they will indeed come.”
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