Naito further expressed confidence that BOI will favorably act on its application as new car player in the market separate from NMPI and UMC, which has 24.
NPI, however, will not be investing in any new assembly facilities because it will be using NMPI and UMC's existing assembly facilities.
Nissan Japan is the controlling majority in NPI with 51 percent stake while Lee and Yulon of Taiwan, investor in NMPI, equally share the remaining 49 percent stake.
Another question was raised on the commitment of NPI to continue assembly operations at the plants of NMPI and Star Motors once these models expire as there was also no assurance that NPI is going to assemble new Nissan models in the country.
Val de Leon, NMPI senior vice president for administrative services, said that the new operational structure will commence on March 1 wherein the marketing operations of both NMPI and UMC will cede to the NPI.
Nothing has changed for NMPI except that it will no longer be undertaking the marketing operations of the units it assembled.
NMPI assembles Almera, which introduced only in 2013; Xtrail, introduced more than 2 years ago; and Livina.