Proton is eyeing up Nissan’s new Micra platform as a way to enter the cut-throat Indian small-car market.
Autocar India has learned that Nissan is considering licensing its V platform to Proton, which wants a credible small car to gain a foothold in key regions such as India.
Built for emerging markets, the V platform can reduce the weight of the car and cut the number of parts needed by an estimated 18 per cent. It can also be adapted to different markets and regulations, the head of Nissan’s V platform, Vincent Cobee, has said.
The new vehicle is likely to draw heavily on the Emas concept shown at this year’s Geneva show. Its target markets offer excise duty concessions to cars under 4.0m in length, so expect a reworking of the 3550mm-long Emas’s rear packaging.