A man walks in the Nissan showroom at the car maker’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, in May 2017. Picture: REUTERS
A man walks in the Nissan showroom at the car maker’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, in May 2017. Picture: REUTERS

Tokyo — Nissan’s passenger car sales nearly halved in Japan last month, data released on Friday showed, following a 55% drop the previous month as it struggles with a damaging inspection scandal.

In November, sales of Nissan-brand passenger cars stood at 16,888, down 46.8% from a year earlier, Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.

The dramatic fall in Nissan cars compares with a more modest decline of just 5.5 percentage points in overall sales in the Japanese market in November.

Nissan recalled about 1.2-million vehicles after admitting in October that staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some vehicles intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

The firm suspended all production destined for the local market following the scandal, but resumed production early last month.

Nissan in November downgraded its annual operating profit forecast, with its chief executive Hiroto Saikawa bowing long and deep in apology for the scandal.

Later he offered to return part of his pay until next March as a gesture of contrition.

Nissan produced 1.015-million vehicles in Japan in its last fiscal year to March, with about 400,000 units sold locally.

AFP

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