Nissan is reportedly planning a product blitz of eight new car models for India by 2021.

Reuters cited remarks by a senior company executive Christian Mardrus who also added that the company would make the country a base for exports of cars to Africa and the Middle East.

The company also plans to develop some of its future Datsun cars in India, Mardrus also said, according to the Reuters report.

Nissan India recently expanded its exports programme to an additional market with the introduction of Datsun GO+ to South Africa. Sales of the Datsun GO+, produced at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Oragadam near Chennai, have begun.

The Datsun GO+ shipments to South Africa are the latest example of the Chennai plant exports advancing the company's presence in India and globally.

Since operations began at the plant in 2010 over 620,000 cars have been exported overseas. Currently, the Chennai plant exports vehicles to 106 countries around the world. Recent models for export include Datsun GO, Datsun GO+, Datsun redi-GO and Nissan Sunny, among others.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance Chennai plant plays an essential role in the development of Nissan's business in India. The plant has a capacity to produce up to 480,000 units per year. It is a major contributor to the local economy and has created over 40,000 direct and indirect jobs.