Nissan Motor India (NMIPL) announced on Tuesday the start of exports of its ‘Made-in-India' global compact hatchback, Nissan Micra. The first major consignment of 3,866 cars left Ennore Port to cater to the needs of the European markets, according to a company statement..

Kiminobu Tokuyama, Managing Director and CEO, NMIPL, S Velumani, Chairman and Managing Director, Ennore Port (EPL) along with Capt. D. K. Mohanty, Director-Marine Services, EPL, and Julius V. Niedo, Captain of the Vessel, flagged off the first Micra for shipment.

Nissan Micra is expected to be exported to over 100 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company aims to export over 1.10 lakh units in 2010-11.

Speaking on the occasion, Kiminobu Tokuyama said, “It is a defining moment for all of us at Nissan in India as we begin a new chapter of business through the start of exports today [Tuesday]. This milestone completes our vision of making the Chennai plant a strategic hub for both domestic market and for exports.” Commenting on the achievement, Akira Sakurai, Managing Director and CEO, Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL), said, “This is a tremendous achievement. We are grateful to the collaborative and tireless efforts of all our employees, our partners and suppliers for achieving this milestone in a short span of time.”

Earlier, in April, Nissan successfully tested out the first trial consignment of six cars to Barcelona .

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