Nissan Global Q1 Sales up 15pct, Production up 14pct image

Nissan Motor Co has announced production, sales and export figures for March 2012, as well as the cumulative figures for the 12-month period from April 2011 through March 2012.

The Japanese automaker that will start to build Infiniti vehicles in China from 2014 said its global production in March increased 23.0% year-on-year to 470,680 units, marking an all-time record for a single month. In addition, global production for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, increased 14.7% year-on-year to 4,834,488 units, marking an all-time record for the April-March period.

The company sold 587,286 vehicles in March – up 20.5%. Between April 2011 – March 2012 global sales increased 15.0% year-on-year to 4,880,779 units, marking an all-time record for the April-March period.
Sales increased in the U.S., Europe, China and other regions. In China, sales increased 19.0% year-on-year to 1,283,679 units, marking an all-time record for the April-March period.

Nissan sold about 146,000 Infiniti vehicles globally, mostly in the United States, in the business year ended March 2011. In China, Infiniti sold just 16,126 cars last calendar year, a fraction of the more than 300,000 sold by Audi, Volkswagen AG’s premium brand.

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