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Nissan production, sales and export results for September 2003 and the past six months (April-September)

Tokyo -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced production, sales and export figures for September and the past six months from April through September.

Nissan's global production for April through September of this year totaled 1,467,751 units, up 8.3% over the same period of 2002. The four indexes of domestic production, overseas production, domestic sales and exports all exceeded last year's levels for the same six-month period.

Production

Nissan's global production in September came to 282,822 units, a gain of 15.5% over the same month a year earlier.

Domestic production in September posted a year-on-year increase of 8.1%, rising to 139,905 units. Among domestic market models, contributors included the new Cube Cubic compact minivan released in September, the new Presage minivan rolled out in July and the all-new Teana sedan launched in February. Among export models, higher production volumes were seen for the Sunny sold in China and other Asian markets and the new Murano crossover SUV for North America. In addition, the X-TRAIL that underwent a minor model change in June also contributed to the increased output, with strong sales performance in the domestic market and continued high shipments overseas.

Overseas production in September surged 23.8% over the same month last year, advancing to 142,917 units and setting a record high for a single month.

In the U.S., the production launch of the new Quest and the move to full-scale production of the new Maxima, among other factors, boosted output to 54,684 units, a jump of 55.7% over September 2002. That figure was the highest ever for a single month. Production in Mexico totaled 26,372 units, off 12.7% from a year ago owing mainly to the decline in the Sentra sales and exports.

Production in the U.K. came to 32,671 units, rising 26.6% over September 2002, due to sales of the new Micra. In Spain, production jumped 48.4% over last year's level to reach 11,178 units, thanks to strong sales of the new Primastar commercial vehicle, among other models.

For the last six months from April through September, Nissan's worldwide production totaled 1,467,751 units, an advance of 8.3% over the same period of 2002.

Domestic production in the April-September period rose 6.3% over last year's level to reach 724,583 units. Principal contributors included the Teana and the Cube among domestic market models, the Fairlady Z (350Z in North America) among models marketed in Japan and North America, and the Murano, Infiniti FX45/FX35 and Infiniti G35 (Skyline in Japan) among models sold in the North American market.

Overseas production from April through September totaled 743,168 units, up 10.3% over the same period in 2002.

In the U.S., production in the past six months came to 268,418 units, a gain of 30.7% over the same period last year. That increase was due primarily to the switchover to local production of the Maxima this year and the contributions made by the briskly selling Altima and the new Quest. Production in Spain reached 56,060 units, a jump of 31.9% over the same period a year ago due to robust sales of the new Primastar commercial vehicle. Production in the U.K. came to 166,491 units, posting a 5.2% gain over last year, propelled by sales of the new Micra. In other regions, production in China surged 33.2% compared with this period a year ago, rising to 32,884 units.

Sales

Nissan's domestic registrations in September totaled 80,561 units, an advance of 13.3% over the same month last year. Continued high sales levels were seen for newly released models, including the Presage and Cube Cubic that were rolled out in the current fiscal year and the Teana that was released in February. Nissan's share of the domestic registered vehicle market in September stood at 19.9%, a gain of 1.6 points compared to September 2002.

Including minicars, Nissan's domestic sales in September came to 85,783 units, marking a year-on-year gain of 14.5%. Nissan's domestic market share, including the minicar segment, rose 1.7 points over September 2002 to reach 15%.

Nissan's September sales in the U.S. climbed 24.9% over the same month a year earlier to total 69,512 units. The Infiniti Division recorded sales of 10,523 units, an  advance of 53.2%, with higher sales volumes of the Infiniti G35 Sedan/Coupe and the Infiniti FX45/FX35 premium crossover SUVs. The Nissan Division also boosted its sales to 58,989 units, a year-on-year increase of 20.9%, driven by higher sales volumes for new models such as the Murano, 350Z and Quest. Sales in Canada in September totaled 6,274 units, up 2.6% over the same month last year, and sales in Mexico also posted year-on-year growth of 14.3%, rising to 16,495 units.

In Europe, sales in September advanced 20% over last year's level to total 57,044 units, as a result of sales increases for the new Micra that was launched in January and the X-TRAIL exported from Japan, among other models.

Nissan's domestic registrations in the April-September period came to 369,298 units, up 3.7% over the same period last year. Strong sales were seen for such new models as the Cube Cubic, Presage and Teana. In addition, robust sales were posted by the Caravan, which has been highly acclaimed for complying with the more stringent exhaust emission standards that took effect in the Tokyo area on October 1 as a result of the enforcement of tougher government ordinances. Nissan's share of the domestic registered vehicle market for the April-September period stood at 19.4%, a gain of 0.6-point compared to the same period of 2002. Including minicars, Nissan's sales in the past six months rose 0.9% over last year to reach 386,539 units, and the company's domestic market share advanced 0.3 point to stand at 14.1%.

Nissan's sales in the U.S. in the April-September period posted year-on-year growth of 11% to reach 419,640 units. That increase was driven by sales of new models, including the Murano, Infiniti G35 and Infiniti FX45/FX35.

In Europe, sales rose 12.5% over the same period last year to total 270,038 units,  mainly due to sales of the new Micra and the X-TRAIL.

Exports from Japan

Nissan's exports in September totaled 72,569 units, posting year-on-year growth of 6.6%.

Exports to U.S. came to 19,170 units, down 23% from the same month last year despite the strong shipments recorded by the Murano, Infiniti FX45/FX35 and Infiniti G35. That decline stemmed from switching Maxima production from Japan to North America. Shipments to Europe showed a year-on-year gain of 23%, rising to 12,552 units.

Exports to China increased to 6,164 units, soaring 433.7% over September 2002, due to increased exports of the new Sunny.

Nissan's exports from April through September totaled 343,120 units, up 4.1% over the same period of 2002.

Although the Murano, Infiniti FX45/FX35 and Infiniti G35 recorded strong shipments to North America, overall exports to that region were off 7.1% from last year, dropping to 112,370 units. That decrease was due to the effect of transferring Maxima production to North America, among other factors.

Shipments to Europe, Latin America, Oceania and Asia all showed double-digit growth in the April-September period, primarily due to demand for the X-TRAIL and Sunny. Exports to China in particular recorded year-on-year growth of 80%, to 25,376 units.


 

 

 

 

 

Global Production by Country

 

 

Sep. 2003
(units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

Apr. -Sep. 2003
 (units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

 
 
   

Passenger Cars

114,943

+5.1

602,981

+4.2

 

Commercial Vehicles

24,962

+24.0

121,602

+18.3

 

Production in Japan

139,905

+8.1

724,583

+6.3

 
 

U.S.

54,684

+55.7

268,418

+30.7

 

Mexico

26,372

-12.7

153,746

-15.1

 

U.K.

32,671

+26.6

166,491

+5.2

 

Spain

11,178

+48.4

56,060

+31.9

 

Others

18,012

+7.7

98,453

+13.9

 

Overseas Production

142,917

+23.8

743,168

+10.3

 

Global Production

282,822

+15.5

1,467,751

+8.3

 

*1 Others include production in Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, Indonesia and China excluding CKD  production.    

Global Unit Sales by Main Market (Region)

 

Sep. 2003
(units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

Apr. -Sep. 2003

 (units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

 
 
   

Passenger Cars

56,632

+19.7

254,648

+5.1

 

Commercial Vehicles

23,929

+0.5

114,650

+0.7

 

Japan (Registration)

80,561

+13.3

369,298

+3.7

 

Japan (incl. mini-cars)

85,783

+14.5

386,539

+0.9

 
 

U.S.

69,512

+24.9

419,640

+11.0

 

Canada

6,274

+2.6

38,325

+8.9

 

Mexico

16,495

+14.3

100,085

-2.8

 

North America

92,469

+21.0

559,168

+8.2

 

Europe

57,044

+20.0

270,038

+12.5

 

*2 Japan sales are categorized into passenger cars and commercial vehicles based on chassis.      
*3 U.S. sales are based on retail including Hawaii.      
     DSR (daily selling rate)-adjusted year-on-year change in Sep. is +19.7%.      
     Nissan Division:  58,989 units      
     Infiniti Division:    10,523 units      
*4 Canada and Mexico sales are based on retail.      
*5 North America sales are based on retail including Guam, Saipan and other islands.      
*6 Europe sales are based on retail in the whole Europe including Turkey and Israel from the May 2002 results.      

Vehicle Exports from Japan

 

Sep. 2003
(units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

Apr. -Sep. 2003

(units)

Year-on-year
Change (%)

 
 
 

Passenger Cars

60,253

+9.2

281,883

+5.3

 

Commercial Vehicles

12,316

-4.6

61,237

-1.1

 

Total Exports from Japan

72,569

+6.6

343,120

+4.1

 

 

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