After Volkswagen and Toyota now Nissan Motor Co’s motorsports arm, NISMO will consider entering the Indian market in the long term as it looks to tap increasing popularity of motorsports activity in the country.
Nissan Motorsport International Co (NISMO) said India will be considered when the company decides to enter motorsports race or rally in markets where its parent’s automotive business is growing.
“India is very important as a car market but I want to see how motorsports evolves in the future in India. I know F1 was conducted in India…So, probably motorsports activity is going to be more popular,” NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani said.
Currently, NISMO is studying which race or rally it should participate and where, starting with Japan.
“A process has started with the involvement of all kinds of regions and motorsports agencies not only in Japan, but globally. So, I guess India will come up in that kind of process,” Miyatani said.
As far as India is concerned, the company is aware of the potential of motorsports but it would have to study in details before thinking about introducing its sports and racing cars or parts.
NISMO, which is present only in Japan, is into design and development of race and rally cars apart from taking part in domestic and international races. It also promotes and manages domestic and international racing promotional activities. Besides, it is also into planning, development and sales of competition parts for production vehicles and servicing.
So what’s NISMO
Nismo (abbreviated from Nissan Motorsport International Limited) is the motorsports and performance division of Nissan Motor Company.
Nismo provides the following services:
- Design and development of race and rally cars; entry in domestic and international races and the gathering of feedback on these results
- Promotion and management of domestic and international racing promotional activities
- Planning, development and sales of competition parts for production vehicles
- Vehicle servicing, repair, modify and sales.