"This is a historic day for Nissan Motor Company and for our customers and partners in some of the world's fastest-growing markets," said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor president and CEO, while unveiling the car.
"It's also an exciting moment for many women and men here in India who today come one step closer to realising the dream of purchasing a car," he added.
Nissan plans to gain 10 percent of the Indian car market by 2016 and the Datsun brand will play a leading role.
"We have a market share of little over 1.2 per cent in India at present... Datsun can play a significant role in this (attaining of 10 percent market share)," Ghosn said adding that the Datsun brand was part of a strategy to increase sales from emerging markets.
The Indian car market is expected to be 4 million by 2016, he added.
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