Partner Bajaj Auto denies project is in jeopardy
8 March 2010

Nissan's 'Ultra Low-Cost Car' for emerging markets will be built, despite a company spokesman admiting last week that it was struggling to engineer the car.

At the Geneva motor show Nissan's executive vice-president Collin Dodge confirmed that neither it nor partner Bajaj Auto has found engineering solutions for the proposed car.

"It is over two years that Bajaj is trying to produce the car. The physics of it is very difficult. We have not yet found a solution as there are lot of engineering solutions required," Said Dodge.

But a spokesman for Bajaj Auto has dismissed speculation that this may mean the Tata Nano (pictured) rivalling project won't go ahead.

"The partners are aligned to the project and to the agreed objectives. The project is proceeding as planned," Bajaj Auto vice-president of business development S Ravikumar said.

Nissan, Renault and Bajaj Auto agreed in 2008 to manufacture the car, which should cost from around £2000.

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