Bassadone takes over Nissan operations in the Baltic countries

  • Bassadone Automotive Nordic to become importer of new Nissan vehicles, parts and services in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania under the entity Nordic Automotive Services Oy
  • Transfer of operations scheduled for February 2024

Tallinn, Estonia (September 27th, 2023)

Today is announced the finalization of an agreement between Nissan and Bassadone Automotive Nordic for the distribution of new vehicles, parts and services in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania under the entity Nordic Automotive Services Oy. The conclusion of this transaction is subject to the approval of relevant authorities.

As part of the Nissan NEXT mid-term plan, Nissan is transforming into a leaner and more agile company. This partnership will ensure the continued success of the Nissan business in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, improve market focus and agility, and better serve the needs of the company’s customers and retail partners. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are currently managed alongside The Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) under the Nissan Regional Business Unit (RBU), Nissan Nordic Europe with headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Under this partnership, all operations in the three Baltic markets will transfer to Nordic Automotive Services Oy as the new distribution partner in the market. As part of the agreement, Nissan will transfer all its employees in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Nordic Automotive Services Oy.

“European markets are evolving rapidly, and we are focused on ensuring we have the right resources in place to meet these changing needs and customer expectations. This decision follows an extensive analysis of our operations in the Baltic countries and is based on Nissan’s roadmap for sustainable growth that entails rationalization of our business as well as prioritization and focus, to transform the corporation into a leaner and more agile company”, says Sinan Ozkok, Managing Director Independent Markets & Region Vice President Business Development, Nissan AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe & Oceania).

Christian Costaganna, Managing Director, Nissan Nordic Europe Costaganna says:

“After thorough review of our operations, we have reached the conclusion that we have an opportunity to simplify our set-up, making Nissan-operations more flexible and closer to customer needs.” He continues, “Our employees, partners and customers are the priority and with Bassadone Automotive Nordic on board as our partner in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, we are confident that this is a positive step. A company with very long and strong history in the automotive sector, Bassadone currently operates in 7 countries, with a particular strong presence in and good knowledge of the Baltic markets”.

Furthermore, Antti Ruhanen, CEO for Bassadone Automotive Nordic, and Member of the Board, Bassadone Automotive Group, emphasizes the strategic importance of this partnership:

“This agreement settles a moment of great importance for both companies. After a long-lasting and strong presence in the Baltic countries, we are now strengthening our role by becoming Nissan’s distributor in the area. This partnership follows our long-term strategy and will enable us to support Nissan in implementing their NEXT mid-term plan. It allows a greater focus on all three countries, and above all, meets even more the needs of the local customers.”

These changes to Nissan’s business in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been communicated today to Nissan employees and dealers in the Baltic countries, as well as the Nordic countries. The transfer of Nissan’s business operations in the Baltic markets to Nordic Automotive Services Oy commences today and is expected to close in February 2024.

For further information

Antti Ruhanen
Bassadone Automotive Nordic Oy
+358 40 700 6282

Heikki Vuorinen
Nordic Automotive Services Oy
+358 40 771 6129

Marina Maneas Bakkum
Communications Director Nissan
Nordic Europe Oy
+47 9002 1343


Antti Ruhanen (CEO, Bassadone Automotive Nordic Oy), Christian Costaganna (managing director, Nissan Nordic Europe Oy), Heikki Vuorinen (CEO, Nordic Automotive Services Oy) and Sinan Ozkok (VP Business Development and MD INSC) from left to right.

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