Japanese automaker Nissan Motor India has begun test trials of exporting its cars to Europe.

The first trial consignment of six cars left for Barcelona from its Oragadam plant (near Chennai) through the Ennore Port, on Monday, it said in a statement here.

The shipment was expected to reach Barcelona in 22 days.

Nissan Motor India MD and CEO Kiminobu Tokuyama said the company was gearing up for exports to Europe from second half of 2010.” Domestic production of Micra would begin next month and we will soon start production for exports in July”, he said.

The company would export to more than 100 countries including Europe, Middle East and Africa. Exports are expected to reach 1.10 lakh units in 2011, he added.

The export consignment would be shipped in a ‘pure car carrier vessel’ from Nissan Motor Car Carrier Company Ltd.

Nissan Motor India signed a MoU with the Ennore Port to export its vehicles in 2008.Ennore Port would complete development of a berth space by this June-end, it said.