Nissan to start car production in Myanmar

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Nissan enginesJapanese carmaker Nissan plans to begin producing small cars and trucks in Myanmar with its Malaysian partner later in 2013, Nikkei newspaper reported on September 16.

The report said that Nissan together with Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd will jointly produce “several thousand” small passenger cars and pickup trucks a year in Myanmar.

A Tan Chong affiliate will likely construct an assembly plant that will finish cars using parts shipped from Nissan factories in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Nissan would be the biggest carmaker so far to start production in the country. Car ownership was only about 2.36 million units as of 2012 in a country with a population of roughly 60 million. Huge import taxes and the requirement to pay for imported cars in hard currency made vehicles far too expensive for most people.

Apart from Nissan, Suzuki lately announced the restart of production in Myanmar,  and Ford said it would open a showroom. Chinese carmaker Chery has commenced assembly of its first cars in Myanmar in June 2013 and plans to build between 3,000 and 5,000 vehicles annually. India’s Tata opened a showroom in Yangon in April 2013.

Mitsubishi Motors said in January 2013 that it will open three after-sales service centers, while Toyota is reportedly studying vehicle manufacturing in Myanmar. Honda has teamed up with Myanmar Diamond Star to set up sales outlets and is exploring possible investment into car manufacturing.

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Japanese carmaker Nissan plans to begin producing small cars and trucks in Myanmar with its Malaysian partner later in 2013, Nikkei newspaper reported on September 16.

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Nissan enginesJapanese carmaker Nissan plans to begin producing small cars and trucks in Myanmar with its Malaysian partner later in 2013, Nikkei newspaper reported on September 16.

The report said that Nissan together with Malaysia’s Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd will jointly produce “several thousand” small passenger cars and pickup trucks a year in Myanmar.

A Tan Chong affiliate will likely construct an assembly plant that will finish cars using parts shipped from Nissan factories in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

Nissan would be the biggest carmaker so far to start production in the country. Car ownership was only about 2.36 million units as of 2012 in a country with a population of roughly 60 million. Huge import taxes and the requirement to pay for imported cars in hard currency made vehicles far too expensive for most people.

Apart from Nissan, Suzuki lately announced the restart of production in Myanmar,  and Ford said it would open a showroom. Chinese carmaker Chery has commenced assembly of its first cars in Myanmar in June 2013 and plans to build between 3,000 and 5,000 vehicles annually. India’s Tata opened a showroom in Yangon in April 2013.

Mitsubishi Motors said in January 2013 that it will open three after-sales service centers, while Toyota is reportedly studying vehicle manufacturing in Myanmar. Honda has teamed up with Myanmar Diamond Star to set up sales outlets and is exploring possible investment into car manufacturing.

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