Buoyed by the success of its hatchback Micra, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (NMIPL) on Friday said it will launch a sedan by the end of next year.
"We are very excited with the success of Nissan Micra. We are planning to add more models in India from our global stable to get better market share," Satoshi Matsutomi, vice-president, NMIPL said on the sidelines of the launch of the diesel variant of its small car Micra. The model is priced between Rs 5.59 lakh and Rs 6.05 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Bookings for the diesel variant have already started.
"We will be launching a sedan by the end of next year. There will be one more model that we will be adding by 2012," Matsuomi said.
He, however, did not reveal any further details on the name and pricing of the new sedan.
The diesel version of Micra is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine and is available in two variants with five- speed manual transmission. The firm claims it has a fuel economy of 23.08 km per litre.
The company had launched the petrol version of the Micra in July this year and has sold 6,000 units so far.
Manoj Kumar, vice- president ( operations), Hover Automotive India Pvt Ltd, said, " We are still working on what name to give ( to the sedan) but we will be launching both the petrol as well as the diesel variants soon." " We have the technology in place now but it is too soon to reveal the configurations of the engines. As far as the price is concerned it is too early to comment on that. But it will be very competitive," Kumar said.
The Nissan sedan will compete with the Volkswagen Vento and the Honda City and will be produced in Nissan- Renault's Chennai plant.
He also hinted at another model - a mini sports utility vehicle ( SUV) - that the company has been planning for some time.
Courtesy: Mail Today