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Christopher Bruce2012-05-23 18:12:43

Nissan Expanding in Russia for Future Datsuns

Among the vehicles built at the St. Petersburg factory is the X-Trail

NissanNissanNissanJapan, 1932 > present159 models
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has been trying to grow in Russia over the past year. First, it announced one of the markets for the rebirth of the DatsunDatsunDatsunJapan, 1931 > 198636 models
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brand, and then Nissan-RenaultRenaultRenaultFrance, 1898 > present189 models
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bought AvtoVAZVAZVAZRussian Federation, 1966 > present8 models
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. Nissan is aiming to control 10% of the Russian car market by 2016, compared to 5.9% today. That would involve it tripling annual sales from present to around 483,000 cars a year. Also by 2016, Nissan expects that 80% of cars sold in Russia will be manufactured there. 

To meet this goal, Nissan's St. Petersburg factory will add a third shift to double production to 100,000 cars a year. Nissan is also investing €167m in the St. Petersburg plant to add 50,000m² of production area. The factory will begin building five models, up from the current three: TeanaTeana Gen.2Nissan Teana Gen.2Japan, 2008 > present3 versions
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sedan, X-TRAILX-Trail Gen.2Nissan X-Trail Gen.2Japan, 2007 > 201328 versions
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SUV and MuranoMurano Gen.2Nissan Murano Gen.2Japan, 2007 > 201427 versions
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crossover. A fourth new model will be the next generation QashqaiQashqaiNissan QashqaiJapan, 2006 > 2014312 versions
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Nissan will use the AvtoVAZ factory in Togliatti that it will aquire in the takeover to build Datsuns in Russia. It estimates that Datsun will make up a third of Russian sales.

"Russia is Nissan's largest European market and is going to grow significantly in both size and importance over the mid-term, and could account for around a third of our overall European sales by 2016," said Colin Dodge, Nissan Vice President.  

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