Nissan production, sales and export results for May 2015

YOKOHAMA, Japan – 06.29.2015 – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its production, sales and export figures for May 2015.

1. Production
Nissan’s global production in May increased 1.9% year-on-year to 434,332 units.

Production in Japan increased 8.0% year-on-year to 66,978 units, mainly due to increased demand for the X-Trail.

Production outside Japan increased 0.9% year-on-year to 367,354 units, marking an all-time record for the month of May.

In the U.S., production increased 2.7% year-on-year to 83,672 units, marking an all-time record for the month of May, mainly due to increased demand for the Murano.

In Mexico, production decreased 5.2% year-on-year to 70,298 units.

In the U.K., production decreased 6.6% year-on-year to 38,513 units.

In Spain, production decreased 34.7% year-on-year to 10,681 units.

In China, production declined 5.6% year-on-year to 100,927 units.

Production in other regions was up 43.5% year-on-year to 63,263 units, mainly due to an increase in production volume of the Rogue (X-Trail in Japan), which is produced in Korea for the North America market, and the NP300 Navara produced in Thailand.

2. Sales
Global sales in May decreased 0.1% year-on-year to 442,408 units.

Sales in Japan, including mini-vehicles, declined 10.3% year-on-year to 38,880 units.

Vehicle registrations in Japan were down 3.8% year-on-year to 25,521 units.

Mini-vehicle sales in Japan decreased 20.6% year-on-year to 13,359 units.

Sales outside Japan were up 1.0% year-on-year to 403,528 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of May.

In the U.S., sales decreased 0.8% year-on-year to 134,779 units.

In Mexico, sales increased 20.6% year-on-year to 26,687 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of May, mainly due to higher sales volume of the X-Trail and the new NP300 Frontier. Nissan has been the sales leader in Mexico for 72 consecutive months.

In Europe, sales increased 5.7% year-on-year to 60,198 units, marking an all-time sales record for the month of May, mainly due to increased demand for the X-Trail and the Pulsar.

In China, sales were up 0.1% year-on-year to 102,545 units, mainly due to sales of the X-Trail and the Sylphy series.

Sales in other regions decreased 2.2% year-on-year to 66,199 units.

3. Japan Exports
Nissan’s exports in May increased 7.2% year-on-year to 34,567 units.

Nissan Motorsports net three wins, seven podiums in U.S. in a weekend to remember

  • Davison, Heitkotter, Kozarov stand on top step in Pirelli World Challenge
  • Jaeger, Zacharias podium in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — 06.28.2015 – Nissan’s U.S.-based pro road racing teams had a weekend to remember at Road America (WI) and Watkins Glen (NY), taking three class wins and standing on a podium seven times overall. It was a stunning achievement, with all three racing teams taking home hardware on a single weekend.

James Davison closed out the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) GT races at Road America in Wisconsin Sunday with a dominating performance in the #33 Always Evolving / Replay XD Nissan GT3 GT-R NISMO. The talented Australian transplant powered his GT-R past the Lamborghini of former Formula 1 driver Tomas Enge around the halfway mark in the 50-minute sprint race and then pulled away from the field on the scenic four-mile road course. Davison survived a late race restart to easily notch his second PWC victory in impressive fashion.

“I’m just so happy for this team,” said Davison post race. “The Always Evolving / AIM / Replay XD Nissan team has done such a fantastic job in our first season. I’m so happy to get us a well-deserved win. This has been a great weekend.”

Davison took two second-place finishes in the first two races of an unusual three-round PWC weekend at Road America, while teammate and 2011 GT Academy winner Bryan Heitkotter took a win and a second place in the GTA category. Heitkotter had the only bad luck of the weekend when his #05 Always Evolving GT Academy GT-R had a driveshaft issue at the start of the third race on Sunday not allowing him the opportunity to triple podium alongside Davison.

“I’ve never seen such rapid progress in pace over only half of a racing season,” said Heitkotter. “Congratulations to James on his win. He gets absolutely everything from the car, and having him as a teammate has shown me some things I didn’t know were possible before. My weekend was up and down with a win in class to a DNF. It only sharpens my will to score as many points as possible the remainder of the season.”

“Wow – that’s my initial reaction to this weekend for the Always Evolving Nissan NISMO GT-R team,” said Erik Davis, team owner. “We thought Road America would be a good track for the GT3 GT-R to stretch its legs, but I don’t think we could have anticipated two wins and three second place finishes in three starts amongst this field of competition. I just can’t say enough about this team, our drivers and the car. We are hitting our stride and look forward to continuing to develop the platform and push for great results.”

On Friday, Vesko Kozarov piloted the Skullcandy Nissan Altima 3.5 to a win in Touring Car (TC) for Salt Lake-based CA Motorsports. It was Kozarov’s second win in TC this season. Kozarov led the first four laps of the final TC race Sunday when a mechanical issue dropped him back in the field.

Broadcast of the Road America PWC Weekend will air on CBS Sports NetworkSunday July 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central.

Doran Racing 370Z Grabs a Podium in the Rain at Watkins Glen

Doran Racing’s #14 Nissan 370Z NISMO continues its string of strong performances at historic Watkins Glen, New York, with Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias taking a solid third place finish in wet conditions. Rain dogged events at the 3.4-mile road course all weekend, making visibility a challenge for the drivers.

“This car (the Nissan 370Z NISMO) loves Watkins Glen,” said Cincinnati native Jaeger. “The car was so good and the set up on the money again. In some ways it’s a shame the rain ended things early, and B.J. didn’t get a shot to grab a second or even the win. Sometimes we struggle with restarts, though, so we’ll take the points and a solid third place.”

Fox Sports 1 will air the CTSCC race Sunday July 5 from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern.

New two-wheeled record for Nissan JUKE NISMO RS and Terry Grant

  • Stuntman beats his existing record at Goodwood Festival of Speed for fastest mile on two wheels
  • Four years after his original record, new marker set in Juke NISMO RS on first attempt
  • Terry Grant pilots latest incarnation of Nissan’s Juke up Goodwood hill in 2m10s

WEST SUSSEX, England – 06.26.2015 – Stuntman Terry Grant has broken his own world record for the fastest mile travelled on two wheels in a four-wheeled vehicle – the sporty incarnation of Nissan‘s JUKE, the NISMO RS.

Grant had six attempts at traveling up the famous Goodwood hillclimb course during this weekend’s Festival of Speed, but he broke the record on the first go, achieving a time of 2 minutes 10 seconds.

That eclipses his previous record, set in a Nissan JUKE at the Festival of Speed in 2011, of 2 minutes 55 seconds and sets a new benchmark for the unique challenge. The jeopardy-filled drive was the culmination of three months of practice and set-up for Grant.

“I was shocked at how much faster the JUKE NISMO RS was, and to take 45 seconds off what was already a quick time, was unbelievable,” said Grant. “To break it by so much on my first attempt was a great way to kick off the weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can go faster.”

The JUKE NISMO RS is the hot new performance version of Nissan’s popular crossover, with years of racetrack heritage taken from the enigmatic NISMO brand marrying the JUKE with impressive power credentials, aggressive styling and optimum handling capabilities.

The car’s two-wheeled antics were one of many highlights from the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS), which also featured the global debut of the JUKE-R 2.0 concept – the ultimate performance version of the JUKE.

Elsewhere at the Good FoS, Nissan showed its other performance models, crossover line-up and EV range on a stand stuffed with interactive experiences and access to Nissan’s sports personality ambassadors, including Olympic cycling hero turned sportscar racing driver, Sir Chris Hoy.

Nissan also gave away three “golden ticket” entries to its pioneering GT Academy competition, which will endeavor to create yet more brand new racing drivers out of Gran Turismo 6 gamers when the Academy Race Camp kicks off in Abu Dhabi in October. Throughout the Goodwood weekend, motorsport fans were invited to take part in virtual races on the circular PlayStation race pods, with the top racers going through to a series of activities and interviews.