September sales: Nissan posts huge increase in China image

Nissan Motor Co Ltd and its local joint venture delivered 117,100 cars in China in September, a jump of no less than 83.4% from a year earlier, according to a statement issued by the Japanese automaker.

The sharp rise in sales last month was obviously related to the fact that last September sales were incredibly low, when Japan’s decision to nationalize the disputed islands in the East China Sea triggered huge anti-Japan sentiment among Chinese consumers, the carmaker added in the statement.

So far, in the first nine months of this year, Nissan sold 885,700 vehicles, up 0.2% from a year earlier. Nissan makes vehicles in China in partnership with Dongfeng Automobile Group Co.and now counts on the anticipated rebound to reach its internal goals for the local market.

Nissan also achieved a new milestone, as the sales of its electric-only model – Leaf – have so far passed the 30,000 vehicles mark on its home market of Japan. By the end of September, cumulative global sales of the Nissan LEAF since launch totaled no less than 83,000 units.

In other related news, Mazda Motor Corp and its Chinese local joint ventures also were positively reporting increases of 34.4% in September sales, although at the moment deliveries in the first nine months of the year were still on a negative pattern, down 15.8% from a year earlier – because of the same problems faced by Nissan.

Via Reuters