Monday, February 04, 2013
By Anil Jangid
New Nissan car to be developed in India
Nissan Motors is evaluating options to develop its first car that would be completely made in India. Sources close to the development suggest that this could take five to six years. Nissan will develop this car at its R&D centre located in Chennai, the company will have to double the headcount of engineers to 4000 for this. Throwing light on the company’s plan Mr. Takayuki Ishida, the MD and CEO of NMILP said that Nissan is mulling to magnify the capability of its R&D centre in Chennai. Developing a car in India would require the company to have all the facilities at its R&D centre.
Nissan Motor’s Indian subsidiary Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (NMIPL) is currently resolving issues of its association with distribution and service partner Hover Automotive India. There was an uproar in a certain section of its dealers that led to this problem. It will take engineers five to six years to develop this car specifically for the Indian car market. Also Nissan will hire more engineers to accomplish this goal, also depending on the number of platforms Nissan wants to develop the hiring will be done every year.
Nissan shares the R&D located in Chennai with its global alliance partner Renault. Renault-Nissan Technology and Business Centre India has 3,600 employees working in important areas like advanced research and development, advanced computer aided engineering and product development.
Out of 3,600 employees, around 2000 people are working on several aspects of a car. Nissan is currently focusing on enhancing the capability of the R&D centre as this would enable the engineers to work properly. Nissan has research centres located in other parts of the globe, therefore the Chennai R&D and the other R&Ds will work together towards the development of this very first made in India car.