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REUTERS
February 5, 2018
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Nissan to pump $9.5 bln into China business

BEIJING: Nissan Motor Co plans to invest 60 billion yuan ($9.5 billion) in China over the next five years with its joint-venture partner as it seeks to become a top three automaker in the world´s biggest market.

Long stuck as a second-tier player in China, Nissan and Dongfeng Group said on Monday they plan to boost their volume to 2.6 million vehicles a year by 2022, up from 1.5 million vehicles last year. Nissan plans to achieve the objective, dubbed its "Triple One" strategy, by focusing on electric cars and Venucia, a no-frills local brand Nissan operates in China - two market segments expected to see a surge in demand. 

It also aims to boost sales of light commercial vans and trucks. China's auto market has been dominated by General Motors Co and Volkswagen AG for nearly two decades, with each of them selling 4 million vehicles last year. Nissan, along with Toyota Motor Corp , Ford Motor Co, and Honda Motor Co, lag far behind, each selling 1 million-plus vehicles a year. 

"We aim to break away from this second-tier group and become a top-3 China automaker"  Nissan's China chief Jun Seki said in an interview with Reuters. 

Nissan and Dongfeng plan to increase the Nissan brand's annual sales by 500,000 vehicles to 1.6 million vehicles a year by 2022. It also plans to boost  annual sales by 100,000 vehicles to about 150,000 vehicles a year over the same time frame.

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