Nissan India has just announced the start of production of the Sunny. Based on the new V-platform the Sunny will be second car to be manufactured completely in India after the Micra. The car will be manufactured at the company’s Oragadam facility near Chennai. The Japanese automaker has acheived 85% localisation with the Sunny and 40% of the local components are sourced from Chennai.
At the time of the launch, the Sunny will only be available with a 1.5-litre petrol motor. However, the Sunny will be powered by a same 1.5-litre diesel engine which does duty in the Micra, Renault Fluence and Mahindra Verito and be unveiled at the Auto Expo 2012, with official launch in the first quarter of 2012.
Nissan has also put up a teaser website for the Sunny, which says ‘Its not just a car. Coming soon.’ Both the start of production and emergence of a teaser website indicate that the launch of the Nissan Sunny is not that far away. You can checkout the teaser website here.
“Start of production of Nissan SUNNY is another significant milestone for Nissan in India. We wanted the mid-size sedan to be available during the upcoming festival season and we successfully accelerated our work program to make that schedule. Nissan SUNNY will help to leverage our position as one of the key players in the Indian market,” Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, MD and CEO, Nissan India, said.
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