Nis­san brand In­finiti global sales rise 6% on firm China growth

Global Times - Weekend - - AUTO -

Global sales of Nis­san Mo­tor Co In­finiti rose 6 per­cent in Novem­ber from a year ear­lier, as the pre­mium brand weath­ered a deep­en­ing mar­ket slow­down in China to post strong growth, an In­finiti state­ment showed.

In­finiti said to­tal vol­ume set a Novem­ber record of 22,126 ve­hi­cles. Of that, it sold 14,086 cars in the US, up 8 per­cent year-on-year, and 5,009 cars in China, a rise of 9 per­cent.

That took its year-to-date vol­ume to 207,188 ve­hi­cles, down 6 per­cent from the same pe­riod a year ear­lier. The brand at­trib­uted that de­cline to the slow pace of a pro­duc­tion in­crease of its re­designed QX50 sport util­ity ve­hi­cle.

“Now that two fac­to­ries pro­duc­ing the new QX50 are up and run­ning, we have a record Novem­ber,” a Hong Kong-based spokesman told Reuters, re­fer­ring to lo­ca­tions in the US and China.

In­finiti plans to at least triple sales in China within the next five years by mak­ing four ad­di­tional car mod­els lo­cally and shift­ing to more of an elec­tri­fied of­fer­ing – a fast-emerg­ing mar­ket in China, Reuters re­ported in April.

The brand’s global chief Roland Krueger said from 2021 ev­ery In­finiti model launched will be ei­ther an all-elec­tric car or so-called “e-Power” hy­brids.

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