Nissan production, sales and export results for April 2015

YOKOHAMA, Japan – 05.28.2015 – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its production, sales and export figures for April 2015.

1. Production
Nissan’s global production in April decreased 1.2% year-on-year to 412,944 units.

Production in Japan increased 3.0% year-on-year to 63,311 units, mainly due to increased demand for the X-Trail for markets outside Japan.

Production outside Japan decreased 2.0% year-on-year to 349,633 units.

In the U.S., production declined 4.6% year-on-year to 74,312 units, mainly due to decreased demand in advance of a new model introduction.

In Mexico, production increased 7.3% year-on-year to 65,361 units, marking a record high for the month of April, mainly due to an increase in production volume of the Sentra (Sylphy in Japan) and the new NP300 Frontier.

In the U.K., production decreased 17.9% year-on-year to 36,270 units.

In Spain, production decreased 25.6% year-on-year to 8,921 units.

In China, production decreased 14.2% year-on-year to 98,482 units.

Production in other regions was up 41.2% year-on-year to 66,287 units, mainly due to increased demand for the Rogue (X-Trail in Japan), which is produced in Korea for the North America market.

2. Sales
Global sales in April decreased 3.6% year-on-year to 395,317 units.

Sales in Japan, including mini-vehicles, declined 18.0% year-on-year to 32,964 units.

Vehicle registrations in Japan were down 8.7% year-on-year to 21,546 units.

Mini-vehicle sales in Japan decreased 31.2% year-on-year to 11,418 units.

Sales outside Japan were down 2.1% year-on-year to 362,353 units.

In the U.S., sales increased 5.7% year-on-year to 109,848 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of April, mainly due to an increase in sales volume of the Rogue and the new Murano.

In Mexico, sales increased 26.0% year-on-year to 24,693 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of April, mainly due to higher sales volume of the X-Trail and the new NP300 Frontier. Nissan has been the sales leader in Mexico for 71 consecutive months.

In Europe, sales increased 8.0% year-on-year to 55,639 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of April, mainly due to increased demand for the X-Trail and the new Pulsar.

In China, sales were up 1.3% year-on-year to 95,529 units, mainly due to sales of the X-Trail and Sylphy series.

Sales in other regions decreased 1.0% year-on-year to 65,158 units.

3. Japan Exports
Nissan’s exports in April increased 33.6% year-on-year to 45,488 units, mainly due to increased demand for the X-Trail.

Renault-Nissan Alliance official COP21 passenger car partner with zero-emission fleet

  • Alliance to provide 200 pure electric vehicles to 2015 Paris climate conference
  • The first fully electric shuttle service for United Nation’s climate conference
  • Fleet to include Nissan LEAF and e-NV200, plus Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E.
  • More than 50 charging stations powered by renewable energy to be established in and around Paris

PARIS – 05.27.2015 – The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world leader in zero-emission mobility*, will provide a fleet of 200 all-electric vehicles as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP21 climate conference in Paris later this year.

The partnership agreement was signed today between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and the General Secretary in charge of the preparation and organization of the 21st annual Conference of Parties (better known as COP21). The fully electric car fleet will shuttle delegates during the event from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

More than 20,000 U.N. participants from 195 countries are expected to attend the annual climate summit. It will be the first time the U.N. will use a zero-emission fleet for its entire passenger car shuttle at a COP event.

The goals of the Paris summit are to have a new global climate-change agreement in place by the end of 2015 and to have the Climate Green Fund, established to help developing countries adapt to climate change and reduce emissions, start allocating funds.

“We are delighted to announce that the Renault-Nissan Alliance is an official partner of COP21 in Paris,” said Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, President of COP21. “Thanks to the Alliance’s fleet of 100-percent electric vehicles, it will contribute to our goal of achieving a carbon neutral event. The technology of electric vehicles helps reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector efficiently.”

“Electric vehicle technology is an efficient solution for a practical and affordable mode of transportation, and this solution has a positive impact on the climate and air quality in our cities,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “It’s time to accelerate the shift to zero-emission mobility by working together with all parties concerned.”

The COP21 car fleet will feature the Renault ZOE subcompact car, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, the Renault Fluence Z.E. sedan, the Nissan LEAF compact car and the 7-seater Nissan e-NV200 van. The vehicles will be available to shuttle delegates 24 hours, seven days week to key venues around the conference, as a complement to public transportation.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance will work with companies in France to set up a network of more than 50 quick and standard charging stations powered by 100-percent renewable energy in strategic locations. The quick charging stations will be able to charge the EVs from 0 to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.

Renault-Nissan Alliance: The world leader in electric vehicle sales

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the global leader in zero-emission vehicles and the only automaker with a full range of 100-percent electric vehicles. The Alliance has sold more than 238,000 EVs globally since December 2010 when the Alliance’s first electric vehicle – the Nissan LEAF – went on sale. The Alliance sells about one out of two electric vehicles worldwide including Twizy, Renault’s two-seater urban commuter vehicle, and the Nissan e-NV200 van, which has been on sale in Europe and Japan since 2014.

The Renault Nissan Alliance will also participate in Solutions COP21, an international exhibition on climate-change solutions, at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition, which will take place December 4 to 10, will feature CO2 solutions from cities, businesses and other organizations around the world. In addition to an EV display, the Alliance will have more than 10 EVs available for the public to test drive.

*No CO2 emissions and no regulated atmospheric pollutants while driving according to homologation cycle (NEDC).

About the Renault-Nissan Alliance
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, sold 8.5 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2014. The Alliance has strategic collaborations with automakers including Germany’s Daimler, Japan’s Mitsubishi, China’s Dongfeng, and India’s Ashok Leyland. The Alliance also owns a majority stake in the joint venture which controls Russia’s AVTOVAZ, maker of the Lada brand.

Two exceptional races kick off the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – 05.24.2015 – The Nissan Micra Cup officially got under way this past weekend with two spectacular races on the Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Both rounds were claimed by the young driver from Thailand, Thanaroj Thanasitnitike, after two fierce battles that brought trackside spectators to their feet.

Qualifying in pole position for Saturday’s race, the young Quebecker Olivier Bédard initially led for the first few turns before getting passed by the two Nissan GT Academy Team drivers. Thanaroj Thanasitnitike, of Thailand, followed by his teammate from India, Abhinay Bikkani, took over the front, later to be joined by Marc-André Bergeron. For Bikkhani and Bergeron, any hope of becoming the very first Nissan Micra Cup winner was dashed mid-way through the race when they both crashed off course. Their Nissan Micras were not damaged and both quickly returned to racing, but by then Thanasitnitike, followed closely by Jean-Michel Isabelle and Friday’s practice session lap record holder Stefan Rzadzinski, became the new drivers battling it out for victory.

By the end of an exciting 30 minutes of racing, during which positions frequently changed, Thanasitnitike won by one second over Isabelle, with Rzadzinski only another three-tenths of a second behind. Olivier Bédard was successful in defending this fourth place spot, ahead of Valérie Chiasson. The Top 10 was rounded out by Abhinay Bikkani, Carl Nadeau, Valérie Limoges, top novice driver Metod Topolnik and Marc-Antoine Demers. All drivers that took to the start crossed the finish line with only a ten-second gap covering the first nine drivers; great signs of an exceptional course on all accounts.

Sunday, Thanasitnitike quickly claimed the lead with Olivier Bédard hot on his tail, both drivers exchanging the top-ranked spot multiple times.  With only just enough fuel to finish the race, Bédard had to ease up during the last lap but managed to conserve a second place finish ahead of Albertan Stefan Rzadzinski, who once again completed the podium.

Carl Nadeau and novice Metod Topolnik had an intense battle for fourth place, with only six-tenths of a second separating them as they crossed the finish line.  Olivier Pelletier, Gabriel Gélinas, Valérie Chiasson (who executed a spectacular comeback after having to drive onto the grass during the first lap to avoid hitting a spun car), Valérie Limoges and Paul Dargis completed the top 10.

A touching moment of solidarity crowned the inaugural series event.  During the second race’s podium, the winner and Nissan GT Academy driver decided to offer his two Nissan Canada cheques of $1,500 worth of parts to new driver Mario Berthiaume, who was unable to start the race after seriously damaging his car in a practice session accident.  Series organizer Jacques Deshaies, along with Didier Marsaud of Nissan Canada and Frank Bagouet of Total Canada each presented $1,500, bringing the total to $7,500. This thoughtful gesture exemplifies the spirit of family that is omnipresent in the Nissan Micra Cup, which will hopefully allow Mario Berthiaume to soon rejoin the pack.

Thanasitnitike leads the drivers’ championship with 80 points, ahead of Bédard (68), Rzadzinski (64), Jean-Michel Isabelle, and Pierre Clavet and Carl Nadeau (46). Metod Topolnik leads the novice championship.

This first weekend of the Nissan Micra Cup held up to all of its promises.  There was never a lack of action, a good omen for the next outing in two weeks during the Grand Prix du Canada, on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal.

2015 Nissan Micra® Cup Schedule

May 22-24 Classique de printemps, Circuit Mont-Tremblant
June 5, 6, 7 Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada
July 25-26 Classique d’été, Circuit Mont-Tremblant
July 31 – August 2 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
August 15 Circuit St-Eustache
September 25-27 Classique d’automne, Circuit Mont-Tremblant