In the UK, where Nissan is the country’s largest car manufacturer, reduced production of the Almera and Primera, among other vehicles, pushed production down 18.9% year-on-year to 22,909 units.
Domestic Japanese production fell 29.6% year-on-year to 87,518 units, due to lower output of the Note and March compact cars and the X-Trail.
April overseas production decreased 13.5% from the previous year, to 142,657 units; US production dropped 19.6% year-on-year to 53,395 units due to inventory adjustments for 2006 models accompanying a shift to 2007 models.
In Europe, Nissan's April sales fell 5.2% to 46,665 units amid an overall slowdown in demand in Western Europe.
It has also been reported that Nissan was negotiating an extended sub-600cc mini-car supply programme with Suzuki, and that Mitsubishi also hoped to supply more small vehicles which could help Nissan revive its Japanese market share; mini-car sales have recently outpaced the overall market. Both companies currently supply Nissan-branded mini-cars.