Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announced its production and sales figures for the first quarter of 2021 and for the year, from April 2020 to March 2021. While the company’s global and U.S. production increased in March in comparison to March 2020, it declined for the year both here and abroad — not unexpected considering the production delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic globally.
In March, global production was up 49.7%, with 392,139 Nissan vehicles produced worldwide. In the U.S. in March, production was up 60% , with 57,724 vehicles produced. However, for the year, global production was down 17.1%, with almost 3.8 million Nissan vehicles produced. In the U.S. for the year, Nissan produced 429,157 vehicles, a reduction of 38.2% in comparison to last year’s production figures of 694,305 vehicles.
Sales mirrored production figures in that Nissan’s March sales globally were up 50.8% in comparison to March 2020, but global sales declined 12.4% for the year in comparison to the prior year’s sales.
In the United States, Nissan sold 129,033 vehicles in March 2021, an increase of 65.1% over March 2020, but its yearly sales for 2021 so far are down 25.1%, with 927,164 vehicles sold this year compared to 1,237,435 vehicles sold for April 2019-March 2020.
Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant produces the Altima sedan, Frontier, Titan and Titan XD pickups, Murano SUV and the Nissan NV passenger and cargo vans. The Mississippi plant began operations in 2003.
Nissan also produces the Altima and Maxima sedans, the LEAF electric sedan, Pathfinder and Rogue SUVS and the Infiniti QX60 SUV at its Smyrna Assembly Plant in Tennessee and produces engines for these and other vehicles at its Decherd, Tennessee facility.