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  • Nissan India ships 300,000th car from Chennai facility

    Nissan Motor India on Friday said it has shipped the 300,000th car made from its Chennai facility, which was commissioned three years ago.

    Nissan India president Kenichiro Yomura said the company began exports in September 2010 and is the first auto company to use the Ennore Port as an export gateway.

    Currently, Nissan exports to over 100 countries/regions, including Africa, West Asia and Europe.

    Commenting on the milestone, Yomura said the achievement underscores the company's manufacturing capabilities. The company has a 10-year agreement with the Ennore Port for shipments, he added.

    Nissan started work on the Oragadam plant, near Chennai in 2008 envisaging an investment of Rs 4,500 crore over next seven years and on March 17, 2010, the plant called Renault Nissan Automotive India, was inaugurated.

    Nissan Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of Nissan Motor of Japan and sells the hatchback Micra, sedans Sunny and Tenia and SUV X-trail, while Renault rolls out its hot-selling entry-level SUV Duster from this plant.

    Maruti Suzuki India October sales up 2 per cent

    Maruti Suzuki India has reported 1.91 per cent increase in total sales for October at 1,05,087 units as against 1,03,108 in the same month last year.

    The company said its domestic sales increased marginally during the month to 96,062 units as against 96,002 vehicles in October last year.

    Sales in mini-car segment, including M800, Alto, A-Star and WagonR, declined by 6.8 per cent to 39,379 units as compared to 42,233 in the year-ago month, Maruti said in a statement.

    Sales in the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Ritz declined by 1.2 per cent to 22,188 units in October this year against 22,459 units in the same month in 2012, it said.

    Sales of the carmaker's popular compact sedan Dzire rose by 19.6 per cent during the month under review at 17,211 units as against 14,389 in October 2012. The company's mid-sized sedan SX4 registered a decline of 62.3 per cent to 262 units against 695 in the same month last year. There was no sale of premium sedan Kizashi during the month.

    Sales of utility vehicles, including Gypsy, Grand Vitara and Ertiga, stood at 7,236 units in October this year, down 2.2 per cent from 7,400 units in the corresponding month last year.

    Sales of vans - Omni and Eeco - rose by 11.3 per cent to 9,786 units in October this year as compared to 8,791 units in the same period of previous year. Exports during the month rose by 27 per cent to 9,025 units as compared to 7,106 units in October last year, Maruti said.