November 27, 2006

Nissan Production, Sales, Export Results for October

TOKYO (Oct. 27, 2006)--Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced its production, sales and export figures for October.

Nissan’s global production rose year-on-year for the first time in 10 months, rising 5.9% to 294,677 units.

Japan’s production of the all-new Infiniti G35 (Skyline in Japan), Murano and Infiniti FX rose year-on-year. However, lower production of other models pushed overall domestic production down slightly from the previous year, with output falling 0.5% to 101,619 units.

Overseas production rose year-on-year for first time in seven months, rising 9.5% to 193,058 units. US production rose year-on-year by 0.5% to 72,562 units due to the start of production of the all-new Altima to be released in November and increased output of the Frontier, Quest, and Pathfinder. In Mexico, production rose significantly year-on-year, rising 43.6% to 44,778 units, due to the start of production of the all-new Sentra.

In the UK, production rose 13.3% year-on-year to 29,218 units. Production in Spain rose 10.5% year-on-year to 21,696 units due to robust demand for light commercial vehicles, such as the Navara and Primastar. In Nissan’s General Overseas Markets (all markets excluding Japan, the US, and Europe), production decreased 9.8% year-on-year to 24,804 units.

The Wingroad and Bluebird Sylphy released in November and December of last year recorded higher sales in Japan compared with the previous year. However, Nissan’s total registrations fell 8.2% to 39,448 units, dropping for the 13th straight month, amid lower sales of other models.

Including mini-vehicles, Nissan’s domestic sales rose 1.6% to 51,809 units, rising year-on-year for the first time in 13 months, due to strong sales of the all-new Otti released in October. Nissan’s market share of registrations in Japan stood at 14.9%, down 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous year. Its market share including mini-vehicles rose 0.7 percentage points from the previous year to 12.6%.

Sales in the US rose 3.9% to 75,095 units, recording the first year-on-year increase in eight months, amid strong sales of the all-new Sentra and all-new Versa (Tiida in Japan). The Murano and Altima achieved record sales in October.

In Europe, sales rose 41.4% year-on-year to 41,064 units.

3.Japan Exports
Nissan’s exports declined 1.7% to 58,867 units in October.
Shipments to North America rose 10.3% to 24,316 units.
Exports to Europe rose 10.8% year-on-year to 7,005 units.