For the Nissan brand, 2009 has been an even better year in China, as its sales grew 48% to a record figure of 518,968 units, a major improvement as compared to the 350,000 vehicles sold in 2008.
The company’s Infinity luxury brand’s sales in China also increased (although with a smaller amount) by 25% percent in 2009, totaling 5,000 units.
These results were supported by the 52,9% percent increase registered by the Chinese market in 2009, a value which can be translated to 10.3 million units and has made China the largest automotive market in the world, as we reported.
Nissan produces sedans and light commercial vehicles in China through a 50-50 joint-venture with Dongfeng Motor Group. The current target for 2010 for this business aims at a sales figure of one million cars, trucks and buses.
During 2010, the business-partner Renault’s low-cost product, the Logan, will be introduced to the Chinese Market and even produced locally, probably with some modifications.
The company has also revealed its plans for 2011. Through its joint-venture with Dongfeng Motor , the company aims to sell 600,000 passenger cars in China. Nissan also plans to extend the Infinity dealer network in China, from the current 17 locations to 20 by the end of 2011. The Japanese automaker’s Leaf electric car will be brought to China in 2011, where it will be produced in collaboration with the aforementioned local partner.