- New Engine Plant to be situated within the Resende Industrial Complex (RJ)
- Investment of R$ 140 million (U.S. $60 million)
- Production capacity of up to 200,000 engines/year
- Generation of 200 new direct jobs
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Today, during a visit to the construction site for Nissan's new Vehicle Plant in Resende, Brazil, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced that the Industrial Complex will also include an Engine Plant. The new engine plant will open in 2014 with a capacity to produce up to 200,000 engines per year.
Nissan will invest R$140 million in the construction of the engine plant and will generate approximately 200 direct jobs. The industrial unit will use an existing building adjacent to the Vehicle Plant and will begin its activities with the production of the 1.6-liter, 16V I-4 flexfuel engine, with 111 hp and torque of 15.2 kgfm – when using ethanol – one of the most efficient in the Brazilian market.
"The Engine Plant in Resende is an important pillar to strengthen our presence in Brazil, and further proof of our confidence in the potential of the Brazilian market. It adds to our Brazilian Industrial Complex and increases our competitiveness to reach our goal of gaining 5 percent market share, to be the first Japanese in terms of share in Brazil, and to also be a leading brand in terms of quality in the country by 2016," said Ghosn.
Nissan's domestic 1.6-liter 16V flexfuel engine will equip the cars produced by the company in Brazil. The production of this engine will follow the strong sustainability concepts applied to the construction and development of the production processes at the Resende Industrial Complex. The assembly line, for instance, employs next-generation electrical equipment, contributing to the well being of operators, and with no risk of oil leakage, thus rendering the operation less harmful to the environment.
With the engine plant, in addition to generating more job positions in Brazil and in the South of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Nissan also further contributes to the qualification of the local work force. As it has already been doing with the employees of the vehicle plant – which is in the final stages of construction –the company is developing a complete training plan for the employees of the engine plant. It includes general training at SENAI in Resende, sending people in key positions to train at Nissan plants in Mexico and Japan, and providing in-company lessons in Resende with both foreign and Brazilian trainers qualified at Japanese industrial units.
The local production of engines makes the project of Nissan's Industrial Complex in Resende a complete center. With investments totaling R$2.6 billion (U.S. $1.5 billion), the industrial unit will be one of Nissan's most sustainable in the world, and will originate in 2014 two Brazilian cars: Nissan March and Nissan Versa.
About Nissan do Brasil
With a significant growth in the last few years, Nissan has the purpose of reaching 5% market share by 2016. Today, Nissan Brazil has 166 stores spread out across the country and plans to expand it to 240 by 2016. With its industrial premises established for ten years now in Sao José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, Nissan announced an investment of R$ 2.6 billion for the construction of a new plant in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, with start of operations expected for 2014, for an annual production capacity of 200 thousand cars, including the compacts Versa and March.
In order to strengthen its commitment to the country, Nissan Brazil has become the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games™, as well as of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. The agreement includes the supply of approximately 4,500 vehicles of different body types to meet the needs of the Rio 2016™ Games and of the Brazilian Team. This vehicle fleet will favor clean energy models (ethanol or electricity), in order to back the efforts of the Rio 2016™ Organizing Committee to meet the Games' environmental goals.
About Nissan Americas
In Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as a 2010, 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and the zero emission vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248 thousand employees globally, Nissan provided customers with 4,940,133 vehicles in 2012, up 5.8% from the previous year. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011/2012 Car of the Year award in Japan and the World Car of the Year award. For more information on Nissan's products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
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