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Nissan, Toyota sales rise in May
Automotive News China | 2018/6/8

Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. posted higher May sales in China, helped by strong demand for light trucks. 

Nissan brand¡¯s deliveries advanced 16 percent year on year to 95,537 vehicles last month on demand for crossovers as well as the Sylphy and Teana sedans.

Toyota¡¯s sales rose 8.6 percent in May from a year earlier to 122,400 vehicles, the company said. The result follows a 9 percent increase in April.

Over the first five months of the year, Toyota sold 562,200 vehicles in China, an increase of 8.7 percent from a year ago. 

In May, deliveries of Nissan¡¯s crossovers -- the X-Trail, Kicks, Qashqai and Murano -- surged 31 percent from a year earlier to 36,941, said Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Nissan Motor Co.¡¯s joint venture partner in China.

Sales of the Sylphy compact car, the Nissan brand¡¯s top-selling model in China, jumped 20 percent to 38,526. Teana deliveries rose 14 percent to 10,203.

Sales of other Nissan models were undisclosed.

Through May, the Nissan brand delivered 429,832 vehicles in China, an increase of 10 percent from the same period last year.

In April at the Beijing auto show, the Japanese brand launched sales of the Terra, an SUV designed specifically for China. It also unveiled the electric Sylphy, which will arrive in China this year. 

Under a five-year business plan for China released in February, the Nissan brand plans to introduce more models and expand local production to boost annual sales by 500,000 vehicles to 1.6 million by 2022.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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