Nissan has started exporting Russian-made car components to the European market, the Avtostat analytical agency reported.
At this initial stage, the company will be supplying the European market with bumpers for X-Trail crossovers. Nissan’s production facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, will manufacture the bumpers from material purchased in the Netherlands, and the bumpers are considerably cheaper in comparison to similar products produced in Japan. The estimated export volume will total 6,000 bumpers in 2016, rising to 10,000 in 2017.
In July of this year, Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Renault-Nissan, announced that Datsun cars assembled in Togliatti, Russia, would be sold at dealer centres in Lebanon. Russian-made Datsun cars are already available internationally in Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Domestically-assembled cars reportedly topped the popularity charts in Russia, with a total of 410,000 domestically-assembled vehicles sold from January to July 2016. This accounts for 57% of the market and represents nearly twofold growth from 2010, when their market share stood at 33%.