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Nissan’s foray into Indian market in India will start with a passenger derivative of the compact NV200. This will be the first product to be made through Nissan’s joint venture (JV) with Ashok Leyland. It will be manufactured at Renault-Nissan’s facility at Orgadam, near Chennai.

The Nissan-Ashok Leyland alliance has just announced that they plan to export a fifth or 20% of the Nissan NV200 MPVs produced in India to neighbouring countries, which could include Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to name a couple of potential markets.

“We will launch the passenger carrying vehicle or the mini-van if you prefer, sometime next year. We will produce around 55,000 units. We wish to export 20% of this to nearby markets,” Andy Palmer, Executive VP, Nissan India, said.

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Local content on the Nissan NV200 is expected to be high, and similar to the Micra, which has achieved 90% localisation levels. The Nissan NV200 MPV will be launched sometime in 2012, with an Auto Expo unveil. The MPV, which features sliding doors, is expected to seat 7 passengers in a versatile seating arrangement that can double over to accommodate more luggages. In India, the Nissan NV200 MPV could take on the likes of the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. It is expected to be priced around Rs. 12 lakhs.

Also see – 2011 Nissan NV200 in India