Nissan Motor Co Ltd <7201.T> said on Friday it was investing 11 billion baht ($358 million) to build a second assembly plant in Thailand that will have an annual production capacity of 75,000 vehicles when it opens in August 2014.
Capacity would eventually be raised to 150,000 vehicles.
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"Adding 150,000 units of production capacity will not only enable us to raise our competitiveness in the domestic market but will ensure Thailand's position as a key strategic global export hub for Nissan," executive vice-president Hiroto Saikawa said in a statement.
Japan's Nikkei business daily reported in October that Nissan wanted to open a second plant in Thailand to diversify production after anti-Japanese demonstrations in China.
(Reporting by Sinsiri Tiwutanond; Editing by Alan Raybould and Ron Popeski)