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Old 2nd January 2017, 21:05   #151
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Nissan to have 8 models for India by 2021.
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A majority of these will be Nissan as well as Datsun models and they will be locally produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant outside Chennai. We already know that two of the vehicles are GT-R supercar and the X-Trail SUV which has been confirmed for an early 2017 launch. These two apart, each of these cars will be customised to suit the needs and tastes of the evolving Indian buyer
1. Redigo sedan - The first of these are expected to be compact sedans of which Nissan’s will be based on the Redigo

2. Redigo mini-SUV -Once the compact sedan is out, expect a compact SUV like vehicle which will sport straight lines, high stance and possibly taller wheels as compared to the Redigo.

3. Go Cross -This will be a larger SUV option to take on the entry-level B-segment vehicles. It will sport the body of the Go+ but with taller wheels, higher ground clearance and a body kit to signify the SUV credibility.

4.Updated Micra - Not the Global model - A updated version of the current car that will sport a revised design and cabin similar to the latest generation hatchback.

5.Updated Sunny -When Nissan updates the new Micra, it is also expected to update the Sunny sedan. It will remain the same mechanically but sports a new face, tail and obviously a completely new cabin.

6. Replacement for the Terrano -a locally made version of the Brazilian spec Kicks SUV and will slot into the same spot as the Terrano !

7. Nissan X-Trail -It will be their new premium SUV and arrive in by the start of the next financial year. This car will be a CBU and is expected to be priced above Rs 35 lakh.

8.Nissan GT-R - Nissan's halo product.

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Old 9th November 2017, 12:10   #152
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Found this article relevant to India as the Indian market was probably not taken as seriously by Nissan IMO.

Source :https://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update...ews_2017-11-09

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TOKYO -- A strategy dependent on North America is compounding Nissan Motor's earnings woes as growth in the region slows, revealing the full cost of neglecting emerging markets where demand is now booming.

The carmaker has lowered its operating profit forecast for the year ending March 2018 in anticipation of massive recall costs after unqualified workers were found to be conducting vehicle inspections. But April-September results reveal the more fundamental threat of stagnant business in North America, where Nissan rakes in nearly half its earnings. Operating profit there tumbled 42% on the year for the six months.

Nissan is far from the only Japanese automaker exposed to the North American market and the risks involved as sales growth there slows. But it relies more heavily on the region than many peers and lacks strength elsewhere to offset declining profits. Nissan's European operations fell into the red during the first half, while profit in Asia outside Japan slid 21%. Toyota Motor has offset sluggish North American business with robust operations in such regions as Europe and Asia, while Honda Motor has enjoyed growing motorcycle sales in emerging economies.

In the end, the U.S. does contribute greatly to sales volume and earnings, CEO Hiroto Saikawa told a news conference after earnings were presented Wednesday.

Failure to change

The "Nissan Power 88" management plan for the six years through fiscal 2016 presented a road map to an earnings structure less reliant on the U.S. and China. Building up business in emerging markets, including those in Asia and Latin America, was at the heart of this strategy.

The automaker eventually determined that expansions there were unlikely to succeed and poured resources into the U.S. anew. A weak yen in relation to the dollar helped lift its market share and earnings there even higher. But neglecting to bring new offerings to emerging nations or otherwise court new markets has put the automaker behind the game as emerging-market demand for autos has resurged.

The company is now trapped in a vicious cycle, unable to divert focus from its top market for fear of missing all-important earnings targets. "Nissan's North American earnings tend to improve at the end of the fiscal year, in the January-March quarter, and worsen in the following quarter, when a new fiscal year has begun," according to Takaki Nakanishi of the Nakanishi Research Institute. This pattern suggests that the automaker may be pulling out all the stops in the U.S. at the last minute to hit annual performance goals.

This rush comes at a cost. Nissan offers more than $4,000 in sales incentives on each vehicle it sells in the U.S. -- between $200 and $300 above the industry average and far higher than Toyota's $2,500 or Honda's $1,800. The automaker's American sales-financing business also faces a higher loan default rate than equivalent operations at Honda or Toyota. As American interest rates creep higher, this finance-heavy sales strategy could prove difficult to sustain.

(Nikkei)
Nissan missed the bus in India, a market where it could have made significant inroads.

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