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Nissan, Suzuki mull joint production in Russia, Brazil: report.

TOKYO, Oct. 21 Kyodo

Nissan Motor Co. and Suzuki Motor Corp. are considering joint production in Russia and Brazil in an expansion of their cooperation in emerging markets, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Saturday.

Being eyed is a plan for Nissan to produce medium-size Suzuki-brand vehicles with engines of 2000 cc or larger on consignment at a Nissan plant in St. Petersburg when it is completed in 2009. That will allow Suzuki to expand the lineup of vehicles it offers in the Russian market, the business daily said.

Suzuki at present markets in Russia sports utility vehicles exported from Japan and small cars shipped from Hungary.

The two automakers are also talking about a plan for Nissan to manufacture Suzuki vehicles on consignment in Brazil, the report said. Suzuki withdrew operations from Brazil in 2003 but is considering returning there by 2008, it said.

The two automakers expanded their tie-up in June, with both agreeing to mutually supply vehicles in the domestic market and for Suzuki to produce small vehicles in India for Nissan from 2008.
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Date:Oct 23, 2006
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