Nissan is to assemble Bluebird Sylphy cars at the AvtoVAZ' plant in the Russian city of Tolyatti, Russian and Japanese news agencies have reported.

Production is expected to start late in 2012, Russian and Japanese auto industry sources told Kyodo News.

Nissan and AvtoVAZ plan to produce up to 70,000 of the cars annually.

The model is also assembled in China.