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Nissan taps Thailand chief to lead China car joint venture
Automotive News China | 2019/4/30

Nissan Motor Co. is dispatching the president of its Thailand operations, Antoine Barthes, to lead its car joint venture with state-owned Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Group.

Barthes will be appointed president of Dongfeng-Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co. effective June 1, Dongfeng said last week. 

Barthes joined Nissan in 2002. He was a sales executive in Europe for the Japanese automaker before becoming chief of Nissaní»s Thailand operations in 2016.

Dongfeng-Nissaní»s current president, Airton Cousseau, will be assigned to a senior executive role at Nissaní»s global headquarters, according to Dongfeng.

Dongfeng-Nissan, based in the south China city of Guangzhou, builds and markets sedans and crossovers for the Nissan brand. 

In the first quarter, Dongfeng-Nissan delivered roughly 251,000 vehicles, an increase of 3.4 percent over the same period last year. In 2018, sales rose 3.9 percent to nearly 1.16 million.

Nissan also assembles pickups, multipurpose vehicles and SUVs with Dongfeng in China. 

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