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Dongfeng Nissan rebounds from quake disruptions

Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co. has restored auto output to normal levels in the wake of the March 11 earthquake in Japan that disrupted suppliers’ operations.

Nissan Motor Co.’s joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Corp. produced only 37,448 vehicles in April, according to Dongfeng.

But after suppliers in other countries began delivering components that Nissan could no longer can get from Japan, the joint venture’s production rebounded to 62,323 units in May.

Despite the loss of output in late March and April, Dongfeng Nissan’s sales climbed 11 percent to 302,901 units in the first five months of this year, according to J.D. Power.

Dongfeng Nissan produces the Nissan Teana, Sunny, Sylphy, Qashqai, X-Trail, Tiida and Livina models in its two plants in the central China city of Xiangfan and the south China city of Guangzhou.

Nissan’s other joint venture with Dongfeng, Zhenzhou Nissan Auto Co., also builds the Paladin and NV 200 models. However, Zhenzhou Nissan’s production data was not released.

In 2010, Nissan sold 681,513 vehicles in China, according to J.D. Power.

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