The 11th edition of the Delhi Auto Show commenced on Thursday January 5, 2012 and will continue till the 11th January 2012. Nissan unveiled its Evalia on the first day of the show. Nissan has also got the Leaf EV, GT-R among its regular line up at their pavilion. Nissan Evalia is known across the globe as NV200 MPV and has been christened Evalia for the Indian auto market. Evalia is a seven seater with sliding doors and three forward facing seat rows.
Gilles Normand, Corporate Vice-President, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., had this to say. “Our progress in India has been exceptional. An impressive rise in sales, award-winning quality from locally-built products, and an expanding range of innovative cars from a growing dealer network underlines the strategic importance of India to Nissan’s future growth plans.”
“Indeed, such is the global demand for products built here in India, that we have brought forward plans to open a second production line at our state-of-the-art Oragadam plant near Chennai. The second line will open in March, well ahead of schedule, which will ultimately create an extra 1,500 jobs at the plant – further proof of our commitment to the country.”
It will compete with Mahindra Xylo and Toyota Innova. It will have power steering, a reverse camera and intelligent key options besides other innovative and novel features. Nissan has not revealed prices or exact dates of launch in India but have let out that Evalia will have a 1.5 liter DCI engine producing between 85 to 105 PS. It will be produced from the company’s Oragadam unit based in Chennai.
Mr. Guiles Normand, Corporate Vice President of Nissan Motors said that Nissan’s global offerings will be showcased in India. This will only go to show how important India is to the future of Nissan where growth and popularity is concerned. Nissan did not reveal any prices or launch dates. Talk about setting up a second production plant at Chennai to keep up with increased demand in India was broached.
“We want to show India the depth of Nissan’s global offering. Although neither LEAF nor GT-R is currently available in the country, we feel the chance to see two of the most remarkable cars on sale anywhere in the world is something visitors will not want to miss.”
“As to whether LEAF and/or GT-R will ever be sold in India all I can say is that we are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating marketing plans. What I can confirm is that we are committed to launching a growing range of innovative and exciting models in India over the coming months and years – there is a lot more to come from Nissan.”
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