NISSAN CANADA UPDATE ON VEHICLE SUPPLY

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 17 /CNW/ - Nissan Canada is pleased to advise that two months following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, supply levels to the Canadian market are on target with 71 and 68 days for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, respectively. Dedicated efforts at Nissan Motor Limited have ensured Japanese production is once again on track. Facilities in the United States and Mexico, which supply 60 per cent of vehicles to the Canadian market, have confirmed Canadian supply levels are unaffected and all facilities are assessing their ability for increased production volumes in anticipation of strong demand.

"Nissan and its employees were very fortunate to escape much of the devastation inflicted by the earthquake and tsunami, and are a key part of helping the Japanese economy recover from these horrific events," said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada Inc. "In Canada, we are pleased to confirm that with an average of 70 days inventory, supply of vehicles is at normal levels which is especially important during the spring market when consumer demand is high."

Despite the earthquake and tsunami, global Nissan production hit an all-time high in the last business year from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, rising 24.5 per cent to 4.21 million units. Japanese output alone rose 4.6 per cent to 1.07 million cars, as demand for Juke, Rogue and Infiniti QX56 took off.

Nissan Canada has a number of exciting new models arriving this year to keep demand strong. Coming to Canada this fall, the all-electric Nissan LEAF has no tailpipe and produces no emissions and is the first all-electric mass-marketed car offered at an affordable price. Arriving late summer, the all-new 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan offers extensive innovations and exceptional fuel economy.

On the Infiniti side, the new 2012 Infiniti M35h (Hybrid) arrives on Canadian streets late spring offering uncompromised performance, luxury and sustainability. With V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel economy, the new Infiniti M Hybrid will challenge drivers to rethink what it means to drive a hybrid.

B-roll of Nissan's earthquake recovery in Japan are available at: http://www.media.nissan.ca/newsrelease.do?id=2241&mid=42

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About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 168 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts: 

Didier Marsaud 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: (905) 629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Heather Meehan
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: (647) 259-3268
Email: heather.meehan@cohnwolfe.ca


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