Japan's Nissan Motor Co. says it will roll out 20 new models in Europe by the end of 2001, signaling a renewed aggressiveness.
Nissan, the best-selling Japanese car brand in Europe, also boosted its 1998 sales growth target on the continent to 8 percent from 3 percent.Among the new models will be a sports coupe, expected in 2001, and two family vans, to be introduced in 2000.
This year, Nissan said, it will remodel its diminutive Micra model, revamp an off-road model and offer a new pickup. Next year, it will roll out remodeled Primera and Maxima models. In 2000, it will replace the Japanese-made Almera with a new compact model to be built at Nissan's Sunderland, England, facility.
The two new family vans will be built at Nissan's facilities near Barcelona, Spain. By 2002, Nissan expects that 90 percent of its cars sold in Europe will be built there. Currently, that ratio is around 67 percent.