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Nissan Releases Sketch of Coming Global Compact Car; Qualifies as Eco Car for Thai Investment Incentives

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd revealed the sketch of its upcoming global compact car. This model will be first launched in Thailand in March 2010 and will be available in more than 150 countries.

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The new global compact. Click to enlarge.

At the same time, Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd said that the model will qualify an “Eco-car” under Thai policy—and be the first one produced. Honda is slated to begin production of its qualifying Eco-car in 2010 also, according to Frost and Sullivan.

Thai Eco-car policy, outlined by the Thailand Board of Investment in 2007, became effective 1 October and is designed to help Thailand cross the 2-million unit per year production mark through the support of “Eco cars” as another “Product Champion” category.

Thailand’s first product champion—the one-ton pick-up—has seen sales dwindling over the past few years.

Benefits to manufacturers of the Eco-car program are:

  • 8-year exemption on machinery duty import and corporate income tax.
  • Up to 90% reduction of import duties on raw materials and parts, depending on type of product.

For Eco-car qualification, the manufacturers must hit production of 100,000 units on the fifth year with a minimum investment of 5 billion baht (US$149 million, €102 million). The vehicle must meet the Eco-car specifications:

  • Fuel consumption (gasoline or diesel) equal to or less than 5.0L/100km (47 mpg US);
  • CO2 emissions equal to or less than 120 g/km;
  • Meet Euro 4 pollution standard; and
  • Satisfy passenger safety standards for both front and side impact as specified by UNECE Reg. 94 and Reg. 95 respectively.



Interesting to see Nissan move ahead with BEVs (and batteries) worldwide development.

The next decade is going to be very interesting. Many e-Minis, e-Nanos, e-Vus, e-AWD, e-Trucks, and e-Buses etc will be around.

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