While the American automobile industry continues to struggle, the Chinese market is proving to be fruitful ground for manufacturers to expand their business. Nissan recently announced plans to increase production for China to more than 900,000 units per year by 2012.
A big part of the Nissan plan is a new mid sized sedan named the Kizashi.
Did we say that Japanese brands have to do something to stop the erosion of market share in China? Nissan took the advice and said today that they started construction of their second factory in China’s southern Guangdong Province. According to The Nikkei [sub], the factory will open in 2012 with an annual capacity of 240,000 vehicles.
The plant is part of Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Co. Together with their first plant, Nissan will have capacity for 600,000 units in China. By end of 2012, Nissan plans to increase their total annual capacity to 900,000 units, up 70 percent from the 2009 level.
One of the more stylish and funky cars I’ve seen in awhile. Would you believe it was a Citroen? Yeah, a Citroen. I’m not sure what more evidence the world needs that the Chinese market is the automotive frontier. The car was designed in Shanghai and you can bet it will turn heads when it debuts over there.
That’s right, it’s a Citroen. Inspired by the success of German brands in China’s luxury segment (and possibly problems with its taller offerings), this Metropolis Concept was designed in Shanghai as a vision for a French entry in that burgeoning market segment. It also seems more than a little inspired by Jaguar’s stunning new XJ, just as its sister brand’s recent Five By Peugeot Concept seemed to take some cues from Jaguar’s XF. Could Ian Callum be in danger of being wooed away by the French?