Nissan's joint venture in China, Dongfeng Motor Company (DFL), signed a contract to deliver 1,000 VENUCIA-branded electric vehicles for a pilot program conducted by Dalian Municipal Government by 2014.
DFL will build an all-new manufacturing facility in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China with an investment of up to RMB 5 billion (USD $800 million). The Dalian plant, scheduled to begin manufacturing NISSAN-branded passenger vehicles, will have an initial annual production capacity of 150,000 units by 2014, and will expand up to 300,000 units.
"China is our largest market today and will continue to be one of Nissan's most important engines of growth," said Hiroto Saikawa, Executive Vice President of Nissan, at the groundbreaking ceremony. "Together with the Huadu plant in the south and the Xiangyang and Zhengzhou plants in central China, the Dalian plant in the northeast will be an important addition to our local supply base to realize our sales target of 2 million units in China by 2015."
DFL and the City of Dalian, as a pilot city for alternative-energy vehicles, will collaborate to promote EVs and the infrastructure necessary to support them.
The VENUCIA EV concept was most recently showcased at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show this April.
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