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A Couple of month ago, the Renault Nissan alliance plant in Chennai celebrated the production of 1,00,000 Nissan Micra cars in a record time of thirteen months. This month the plant has created another record by producing 1,00,000 units if its HR12DE 1.2 liter and 1.5 liter petrol engines in fifteen months. The car plant, located at Orgadam near here, started manufacturing petrol engines in May 2010.

The 1.2 liter unit does duty in the Nissan Micra while production of the 1.5 liter unit has only begun. The 1.5 liter petrol engine will do duty in the Nissan Sunny which is a mid-size saloon due for India. The plant currently manufactures the Nissan Micra and Renault Fluence models and production of Nissan Sunny and Renault Koleos will commence shortly.

“The plant has set milestones that are creditable on a global level.  It makes me feel proud of the local skill-set that are driving it to such high levels. I dedicate this achievement to the people of Tamil Nadu for their endearing spirit and zeal to achieve such high levels of commitment in their work and passion for the company” said, Kou Kimura, CEO and MD of Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Last fiscal, Nissan’s Indian marketing subsidiary Nissan Motor India sold 12,302 Micras in the domestic market and exported 55,321 units.

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