On May 9, Nissan released its China new car sales figures for April. Total sales including commercial vehicles, imports and exports, and locally produced cars by Dongfeng Nissan were 96,200 units. This represents 0.7% year-on-year growth and marks the 2nd straight month of growth.
Previously, Nissan’s commercial vehicle sales in China suffered from a slump. However, the Chinese government began offering tax incentives for compact cars with engines below 1.6L and this led to last month’s recovery.
The company’s flagship Sylphy compact sedan sold particularly well. The Sylphy’s engine is under 1.6L and it qualifies for the tax incentive. The Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs also sold well.
Nissan’s 2015 China new car sales were up 6.3% from the previous year at 1,250,100 units. It was the second best year for Nissan after 2013 when passenger car sales alone surpassed 1,000,000 units for the first time.
Nissan’s new car sales for China for the period of January to April 2016 were up 0.8% over the previous year at 394,800 units. Nissan’s sales goal for the year 2016 is 1,300,000 units, which would represent 4% year-on-year growth.
(Translated by Greg Scott)