Nissan’s Japan sales slip for second month following compliance scandal

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Nissan Motor’s sales of domestic passenger cars dropped by practically half in November – its second straight month of slides following the compliance scandal and its first since it resumed production of vehicles for the home market.

Discoveries that Nissan failed to follow correct final inspection treatments for its domestic market vehicles have led to a recall of 1.2 million vehicles and a stop to production of cars it produces for the Japanese market over 3 weeks to early November.

Japan’s second-biggest automaker has formerly stated it would take a month or so until production returns to routine levels.

Its sales of passenger cars, leaving out minivehicles, tumbled 46.8 percent in November from a year previously to 16,888 vehicles, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association stated. That follows a slide of around 53 percent in October.

Nissan said in October that uncertified inspectors had for decades accepted vehicle checks required by the transport ministry for cars sold in the nation. It has blamed staffing shortages and stated it would boost the number of trained staff to prevent a reoccurrence of the issue.

The checks are not needed for exported vehicles.

The scandal at Nissan has come amidst a raft of scandals at Japanese automakers that have raised questions about compliance and quality assurance, consisting of a data falsification scandal at Kobe Steel Ltd.

Subaru Corp has also admitted it had not been following correct inspection problems going back around 30 years. Last month, sales of its passenger cars dropped 13 percent from a year earlier.

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