Qashqai/Rogue Sport (Nissan)

Oct 06, 2021

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on October 5, UK passenger car sales decreased 34.4% to 215,312 units in September 2021.
Year-to-date sales increased 5.9% with 1,316,614 cars registered in the first nine months of 2021.
September sales for Toyota decreased 13.9% to 16,940 units (7.9% market share), Kia sales increased 11.8% to 16,661 units (7.7% share), while Volkswagen sales decreased 39.9% to 16,434 units (7.6% share).
BMW sales decreased 25.8% to 15,747 units (7.3% share) and Audi sales decreased 43.7% to 12,325 units (5.7% share).
The best-selling cars in September 2021, were the Tesla Model 3 (6,879 units), Vauxhall Corsa (5,235 units), BMW 3 Series (4,788 units), Toyota Yaris (4,364 units) and Nissan Qashqai (4,118 units).
Compared to last September, gasoline-engine car sales decreased by 46.6% to 94,314 units (43.8% share), diesel-engine car sales decreased 77.3% to 10,658 units (5.0% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 5.6% to 11,0340 units (51.2% share).
In September, private car sales decreased 25.3% to 120,560 units (56.0% share), fleet sales decreased 43.1% to 90,445 units (42.0% share), and sales to businesses decreased 43.3% to 4,307 units (2.0% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons decreased 39.5% this September to 31,535 units.
Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 14.2% to 639 units in September.
Sales of taxis increased 37.0% to 274 units in September.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT, said, "This is a desperately disappointing September and further evidence of the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic on the sector. Despite strong demand for new vehicles over the summer, three successive months have been hit by stalled supply due to reduced semiconductor availability, especially from Asia. Nevertheless, manufacturers are taking every measure possible to maintain deliveries and customers can expect attractive offers on a range of new vehicles. Despite these challenges, the rocketing uptake of plug-in vehicles, especially battery electric cars, demonstrates the increasing demand for these new technologies. However, to meet our collective decarbonisation ambitions, we need to ensure all drivers can make the switch – not just those with private driveways – requiring a massive investment in public recharging infrastructure. Chargepoint roll-out must keep pace with the acceleration in plug-in vehicle registrations."
(SMMT press releases from October 6, 2021) 1 / 2

Aug 27, 2021

Magna International Inc. announced that its new plant in Sunderland, England, has begun production of lightweight, thermoplastic liftgate modules. The liftgate modules produced at the new Sunderland plant will be used in the third-generation Nissan Qashqai. The new facility employs approximately 280 workers and includes technologies such as robotic adhesive bonding cells, advanced vision systems and ultrasonic leak testing. Magna’s thermoplastic liftgate on the Nissan Qashqai is lighter than the previous generation’s steel liftgate. The shift towards thermoplastic systems helps automakers in their goals of reducing weight to improve fuel economy. Magna will deliver the liftgates to Nissan’s neighboring assembly plant in Sunderland. Magna also produces thermoplastic liftgates for the Qashqai’s North American sister platform, the 2022 Nissan Rogue. (From a press release on August 26, 2021)

Jul 08, 2021

Four Japanese OEMs announced their sales results in China for June 2021.
Toyota sold 167,900 units in June in China, reflecting a 2.9% year-over-year (y/y) decline. Year-to-date (YTD) sales from January to June totaled 970,700 units, reflecting a 28.9% y/y increase.
On July 5, Honda announced that its June sales were 118,168 units, reflecting a y/y decrease of 17.0%. YTD sales totaled 786,535 units, reflecting a 28.5% y/y increase. Sales of models equipped with the SPORT HYBRID, a highly efficient dual-motor hybrid power system, totaled 19,927 units in June, up by 7.5% from the level in June 2020. YTD sales of these models were 116,804 units, with 61.2% y/y growth.
Nissan announced on July 6 that it sold 114,605 units in June, reflecting a 16.3% y/y decrease in sales. YTD sales totaled 706,350 units, reflecting an 18.4% y/y increase. By model, sales of the Sylphy sedan and Qashqai SUV increased in June.
On July 6, Mazda announced that sales in June reached 16,983 units, reflecting a 19.1% y/y decrease. YTD sales totaled 96,870 units, reflecting a 0.5% y/y decline.
From a Honda China press release
From a Nissan China press release
From a Mazda China press release