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Dongfeng Nissan to export 1,000 complete vehicles to Angola



A total of 1,000 vehicles made by Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company were shipped on August 1 from Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong province, for Angola. A bonded warehouse also opened that day in Huadu District of north Guangdong, which would facilitate the export of Dongfeng Nissan.

It is learned that the sales of Dongfeng Nissan surged to 157,000 units in 2005, up 160 percent over 2004. And the sales in the first half of 2006 amounted to 99,000 units, an increase of over 40 percent from the same period of last year. The whole-year sales is expected to surpass the original plan of 200,000 units.

According to the plan of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Dongfeng Nissan is charge of the development of auto parts worldwide and export of complete vehicles.

In recent years, auto parts of Dongfeng Nissan have been exported to Japan, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and other countries and regions.

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Nissan, Dongfeng win approval for Chinese auto finance joint venture

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd said they have received regulatory approval to set up an auto finance company.

Dongfeng Nissan (nasdaq: NSANY - news - people ) Auto Finance, in which Nissan will hold a 65 pct stake and Dongfeng 35 pct, is expected to start operating this year after filing its formal application to the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Nissan said in a statement.

The auto finance venture will provide new car retail finance to Nissan and Infiniti customers and inventory finance to dealers of both brands, the statement said.

The provision of inventory financing for dealerships will be made available country-wide in China, while retail financing will be expanded to major Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou and Wuhan by 2010, it added.

The new company will be capitalized at around 500 mln yuan.

Its board will have five directors -- three from Nissan and two from Dongfeng.
 

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DFM/Nissan just built 500,000th car

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company, a 50/50 joint venture between Nissan Motor and Dongfeng Motor, has just built its 500,000th vehicle at its Dongfeng Nissan Huadu facility in Guangzhou
 

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Nissan sets sales targets for its luxury car brand

Nissan sets sales targets for its luxury car brand
By Irene Shen 2007-7-9


NISSAN Motor Co, Japan's third-largest car maker, plans to sell 300,000 cars in China this year, after introducing its Infiniti luxury brand to gain from the growing number of wealthy Chinese people.

"All auto makers are seeking opportunities to expand in China," Yukihisa Kayashima, president of Nissan (China) Investment Co, said in Shanghai yesterday.

The company may consider adding a production plant with local partner Dongfeng Motor Group Co to expand capacity, he told Bloomberg News.

Sales of the Infiniti G35 sedan started in China on July 1 at prices between 448,000 yuan (US$59,000) and 478,000 yuan. The FX35 sport-utility vehicle is priced from 638,000 yuan to 678,000 yuan, while the FX45 SUV costs 808,000 yuan.

The fastest economic growth of any major country has created more than 300,000 millionaires in US dollar terms in China.

Nissan has followed Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co in bringing its top brand to a market where luxury car sales rose twice as quickly as the overall car market in 2006, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Nissan intends to add three more Infiniti models to the G35 and FX series by the end of 2008, said Kayashima.

The company plans to open 10 Infiniti dealerships in Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai this year, with, the number growing to 15 by the end of next year.

Nissan sold 63,796 Infiniti cars in North America in the first half of this year, after global sales of about 150,000 in 2006.

Sales of locally made luxury cars priced from 300,000 yuan (US$39,450) rose at twice the pace of the overall car market in 2006, to 160,000 units, according to the association. Sales of luxury cars are expected to rise 20 percent this year.

Volkswagen AG's Audi brand, favored by government officials, accounted for almost half of China's luxury market last year, followed by Toyota's Crown at 27 percent and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG at 15 percent, according to the association.

Honda introduced its third Acura model MDX sport-utility vehicle in China in April. Nissan sold 220,000 vehicles including Tiida, Teana and Bluebird sedans in China last year.

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Dongfeng Nissan To Launch Two New SUVs in China for 2008 (Qashqai and the X-Trail)

SHANGHAI - July 30, 2007: According to recent news, Dongfeng Nissan plans to introduce two new models, the Nissan SUV Qashqai and the X-Trail, which will be made in Nissan's joint venture plant in 2008.

The two newly developed models were launched in the European market and have great sales in the market. The two new SUV are different SUV segment models with different market prices. Once the two new models are made in China, the company will rename the two models.

The plan is to launch the Qashqai by the beginning of next year. It is set to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show with a market price of 150,000 yuan.


Nissan X-Trail

The plan is to launch the X-Trail by the second half of next year. With the production localized, exporting the two models from overseas markets will be halted.

Due to the lack of 2.5L China-made engines, the two new models will be powered by original engines produced by overseas markets.

Since its launch in February, 45,000 units of Qashiqai's have been sold in the overseas market. However, because its production capacity couldn¡¯t meet the market demand, Nissan transferred some of its production capacity to other plants in Japan.

According to Dongfeng Nissan's plan, the group will introduce other models such as the MAXIMA and MURANO.

Even though Dongfeng Nissan's hot products haven't met their expected sales target for the first half of this year, Dongfeng Nissan plans to boost its annual sales target to 400,000 units.
 

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Nissan-Dongfeng China JV recalls 3,154 defective cars

BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - Dongfeng Motor Co Ltd, a mainland China-based 50-50 joint venture between Nissan Motor Co and Dongfeng Motor Corp, has recalled 3,154 sedans made in September, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The vehicles were recalled as the cars' brake oil may leak, the quality regulator added.
 

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Qashqai at Guangzhou Auto Show.

The British designed and made Qashqai has taken both Japan and the UK by storm, the Qashqai is getting ready to make a head road into probably the fastest growing SUV market in the world. Dongfeng Nissan showed off the Qashqai at the Guangzhou Auto Show, and motoring pundits in China believe it will start at the bargain price of 140,000rmb for the 1.6l model, which makes it a hell of a bargain, there is also a 2.0 model up for grabs which is expected to be around 200,000rmb. In total, Dongfeng Nissan will launch six different models of Qashqai in China. The Qashqai is expected to be on sale in the first quarter of 2008, get ready for it!
We’re not sure how Nissan came up with the name Qashqai, it is a pretty difficult word to pronounce for English speakers around the world, (pronounced kash kai) but thankfully the Chinese name is somewhat easier to pronounce, simply Xiao Ke or, if you want it translated into English, in China the Qashkai is to be called the ‘Leisurely Client‘ Could this be a symbol of the Nissan - Dongfeng joint venture agreement?



 

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Dongfeng Nissan to bring ten new vehicles in 2008

Dongfeng Nissan to bring ten new vehicles to the PRC in 2008 - from China Car Times.

China Car Times believes there isnt a single Nissan that doesnt sell well in China, Nissan could buy Ladas, put a Nissan badge on them and they would go out of the Dongfeng Nissan stock room faster than free bars of gold. The current Dongfeng Nissan line up is a little bland, consisting of sedans (Teana, Bluebird, Sylphy) and small hatchbacks (Tiida, Livina) and the larger 7 seater MPV, the Genesis. Dongfeng Nissan have enjoyed pretty good sales with all of these models, and are looking to boost their model line up with the Micra, X-trail, Fuga (known to other markets as the Infiniti M)

Making certain models in China, will certainly increase sales for Nissan, especially the X-trail SUV, which despite its age (it was released in 02 in China, imported from Japan) sales have remained strong over the years, making it in China will no doubt lower the price from around 300,000rmb (40,000USD) to some where in the reigon of 200,000rmb which is on par with the domestically made Korean offerings. Not forgetting, Dongfeng Nissan are planning on bringing the Qashqai to China early in 2008.
 

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Donfeng Nissan sold 272,000 vehicles in 2007.

January 10, 2008 - Dongfeng Nissan, the joint venture between Nisan Motor and Dongfeng Motor Group of China, sold 271,915 vehicles in 2007, up 3.6% from one year earlier, but the company failed to meet its 2007 sales target of 300,000 vehicles.

"We aimed to sell 340,000 Nissan vehicles for the year 2008," said Ren Yong, deputy general manager of Dongfeng Nissan, "I have confidence to fulfill the task."

The company will launch a series of new car models this year, including the revamped Teana and a new SUV model Qashqai, Ren said.

In 2008, Nissan will also expand its dealership network to 340, and the automaker's financing unit established by Nissan and Dongfeng will be put into operation this year.

China has now become Nissan's third largest overseas market, following North America and Europe.
source: Gasgoo.com
 

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Dongfeng Nissan to launch four new models in China in 2008.

February 26, 2008 – Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company will launch four new models, including three locally made models in China in 2008, a senior company official announced yesterday.

"The four models to go on sale in China are Qashqai, March, X-Trail and another high-end model," Ren Yong, Dongfeng Nissan's deputy general manager said in a company conference.

Qashqai will be available in both 1.6 Liter engine and 2.0 Liter engine versions by mid March. Production of the model was started yesterday at the automaker’s plant in Guangzhou. The model is priced between 149,800 ($20,974) and 179,800 yuan ($25,175).

The locally-made X-trail and a Teana-based high-end model will go on sale by the second half of this year. The Teana-based high end model, with appearance similar to that of Nissan Fuga, will be priced at 250,000 yuan ($35,000)and 300,000 yuan ($42,000), which is a bit higher than the price of Teana.

Dongfeng Nissan also plans to locally produce Micra, though it does not set a timetable for it. The 1.6L three-door Micra is sold at 74,000 yuan ($10,300) in Europe currently.

Ren said the joint venture automaker aims to sell 345,000 vehicles this year and become one of China's top five passenger vehicle makers.

Last year, Dongfeng Nissan sold 271,916 vehicles in Chinese market, about 30,000 short of its target for 2007. Currently, the automaker is ranked No.7 among China's passenger vehicle makers.
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Nissan to open another factory in China, to export from China

Nissan is to open another factory in China as it seeks to extend its recent growth in one of the world’s most competitive car markets.

The Japanese carmaker will team up with its joint venture partner, China’s Dongfeng Motor Group, to construct a $145m plant in Henan province by 2010.

The factory, Nissan’s fifth in China, will have the capacity to produce 120,000 vans and goods vehicles.

The joint venture will also increase the number of Nissan-branded cars made.

‘Strong position’

Ten new Nissan vehicles will be launched as part of a target to raise total annual production by the joint venture business, Dongfeng Motor, from 610,000 vehicles to 1 million by 2012.

Since being established in 2003, the business has proved an effective springboard for Nissan to grow its brand in China, where there is fierce competition among foreign operators.

Nearly 460,000 Nissan vehicles were sold in China last year, up from 94,000 units in 2003.

By 2012, Nissan plans to raise its own-brand sales to 800,000.

Dongfeng’s investment programme will see it boost the number of car dealerships it operates and double its share of exports.

“Our goal is to build and maintain a strong position in the Chinese markets,” said Kimiyasu Nakamura, the firm’s president.

Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Group each hold a 50% stake in the business.
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Dongfeng Nissan JV to launch 15 new models by 2012

May 29, 2008 - Dongfeng Motor Co, a joint-venture between Nissan and its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor, announced an ambitious 5-year business plan to launch 15 new vehicle models in the next five years, China Daily reported today.

"We will add 10 passenger car models and 5 commercial vehicles in the period, and through this product offensive we aim to lift sales to 1 million units and sales revenue to 10 billion yuan (US$95.7 million) by 2012," Kimiyasu Nakamura, president of Dongfeng Motor Co., told the plans to reporters in Beijing yesterday.

Nakamura also announced that the joint venture automaker will open a 1 billion yuan ($144 million) LCV (light commercial vehicle) plant to underpin its lagging commercial vehicle unit.

The plant will be built next to Dongfeng Motor's existing subsidiary, Zhengzhou Nissan, which currently produces mainly pick-up trucks and SUVs in Henan Province. The new plant is expected to come on stream in 2010 and to raise the local annual capacity to 160,000 units by 2012.

The venture plans to export 32,000 commercial vehicles a year by 2012, double last year's tally, Nissan said. Last year the JV automaker sold 610,000 passenger and commercial vehicles together in China.
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Poor sales urge Nissan to adjust imported models plan.

June 3, 2008 - Classic as it is, 350Z, a sports car under the Nissan brand only sold two units last year in China due to poor marketing. Now Nissan Motor is seeking to adjust the sales channel of its imported cars in the China market. Insiders of Nissan Motor said that due to poor sales of imported vehicles under Nissan brand, Nissan has started full adjustment of its sales channel and vehicle models.

Nissan now has only three imported models -- 350Z, FUGA and QUEST -- sold in China. With total sales volume of these imported models even lagging behind the late comer Infiniti, Nissan Motor decided to shift its sales focus. At present, Infiniti has become the top priority of Nissan Motor in China.

The imported models have long been bearing the responsibility of enlarging the products line and improving the brand position for Nissan Motor in China. Cefiro and X-Trail of Nissan brand both posted good sales before. However, with Teana made locally and Dongfeng Nissan entering the SUV market, Nissan-brand imported cars are faced with embarrassing competition from inside.

Currently, all the imported models under Nissan are sold by Dongfeng Motor, but due to poor marketing development, the sales slumped sharply. The classic sports car 350Z only sold two units last year. And the QUEST also had sluggish sales.
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Dongfeng Nissan to export Teana to West Europe

June 17, 2008 - Dongfeng Nissan will export the new Teana and other Nissan vehicles to west Europe in the future, Nissan officials told Beijing Morning Post.

Nissan Motors said it has determined to choose competitive car model made in its China joint venture for overseas market. Nissan is the second Japanese automaker to deliver China made vehicles for overseas market.

Prior to Nissan, Honda Motor (China) Investment Co has begun to export Jazz models to West Europe ever since April 2005.

Actually, Dongfeng Nissan, a joint venture between the Dongfeng Motor Corporation and Nissan Motors, has exported auto parts and complete vehicles to Russia, Japan, Mexico, Angela and some other countries as early as 2006. But the exports at that time are limited to a small number of Tiida lineup locally made in China.

In future Dongfeng Nissan will be responsible for exporting left-hand drive Teana to Europe, while Nissan production facility in Japan mainly exports right-hand drive models.
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Dongfeng Motor sales up 30.76% in H1

August 03, 2008

Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Dongfeng Motor Corp. of China and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. of Japan, produced 389,629 cars and sold 394,141 cars during the first half of 2008, up 25.1% and 30.76% over a year ago.

The Wuhan-based venture also saw its market share in the country rise by 0.71 percentage points over the period.

Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd., an arm of the venture, sold 129,958 cars in H1, up 39.7% year on year. Over 28,000 Tianlong series cars were sold, exceeding its sales volume in the whole year of 2007.

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., another arm of the venture, sold 31,409 cars in June alone and 159,268 cars in H1.

Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd., a flagship subsidiary of the venture, reported over 100,000 light-duty commercial cars and over 100,000 Cummins engines in H1, or 60% of its annual goal for the year.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/7297/Dongfeng-Motor-sales-up-30-76-in-H1.html
 

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August 26, 2008 - Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company, a 50:50 joint venture between Nissan Motor Co and Dongfeng Motor Corp, will export 900 Nissan cars to Egypt starting next month, said sina.com yesterday.

The 900 Nissan passenger vehicles will include 400 Livina cars and 500 Sylphy cars, all of them were made at the joint venture's Huadu plant in southern China’s Guangdong province. Their first batch is scheduled to be shipped to Egypt in September, said Sharon Shen, a spokeswoman for Nissan China. These Chinese-made Nissan cars will be sold by Nissan dealers in Egypt.

"Livina and Sylphy are just an attempt of Nissan," Nissan China said. "The future export will be decided by their sales performance and local market changes." Nissan's new global growth strategy encourages its Chinese partners to boost exports. Nissan has a commercial vehicle joint venture in central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.

It will be the second time that Dongfeng Nissan is set to export China-made Nissan cars. In August 2006, the joint venture firstly exported 1,000 Tiida cars to Angola.
 

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Dongfeng Nissan to launch electric cars by 2012.

October 21, 2008 - The Renault-Nissan alliance is pushing forward its giant project of electric vehicles and the Nissan electric car is expected to be launched in 2010. Nissan’s Chinese venture Dongfeng Nissan will also put its electric car on sale in China in 2012, said auto.163.com today.

Earlier this year Nissan's joint venture with electronics maker NEC Corp announced the plan to invest 12 billion yen ($115 million) to start mass-producing lithium-ion batteries, a technology widely viewed as vital to electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. The push into advanced lithium-ion batteries comes as Japanese automakers invest in an array of new eco-friendly car technologies amid soaring prices at the pump.

Nissan has been slower than rivals Toyota Motor and Honda Motor to embrace petrol-electric hybrids, but it aims to become the industry leader in electric vehicles. "Nissan firmly believes that the ultimate solution for sustainable mobility lies in zero emission and the hybrid is only a transitional technology," said an executive president of Nissan.

"Electric vehicles will be a key product breakthrough that our industry can deliver," he told reporters, adding that Nissan was ready to supply the batteries to its joint ventures worldwide, including Dongfeng Nissan, and to any other companies interested in the technology.

The dream of an electric car, which has been around since the time of Thomas Edison, has so far failed to break into the mainstream because of limited battery life that makes such vehicles impractical for most purposes. Lithium-ion batteries are smaller and lighter than the nickel-metal hydride batteries now used in hybrid and electric cars.

Last month, Dongfeng Nissan had its 1 millionth car -- its latest X-Trail SUV -- rolling of line. The venture's current eight models include the sedan, SUV, MPV and Cross-over, with annual sales of over 300,000 units. The company aims to sell 500,000 vehicles annually by 2012. More than seven new models will be introduced by Dongfeng Nissan for this goal.

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Nissan set to export China-made cars to Egypt.

October 27, 2008 - Nissan Motor Co is getting ready to export 500 Chinese-made Livina minivans and 400 Bluebird Sylphy cars to Egypt earlier next month, Chinese newspaper the Economic Observer reported Sunday.

"Exporting cars from China is an important part of Nissan's global strategy," Nissan China confirmed. "The future export, however, will be decided by their sales performance and local market changes."

The cars to be exported are built by Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL PV), a 50:50 joint venture between Nissan Motor Co and Dongfeng Motor Corp in China, which makes a number of other models including the Chinese-market version of Nissan Europe's smash-hit Qashqai crossover and the Tiida compact sold in the U.S. as the Mexican-built Versa.

DFL PV officially announced the company's first export plan on September 23. Both vehicles will be sold in Egypt through the local Nissan distribution network.

"The start of exporting is testimony to the high quality of vehicles DFL PV builds," said Colin Dodge, senior vice president of Nissan Motor Co, at the time. "We will continue to work to develop the market in China and evaluate the feasibility of developing additional export markets."

By the end of last month, Nissan's cumulative production at the joint venture reached 1 million units. This milestone came just five years after the company was established.

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