YOKOHAMA / HIROSHIMA, Japan (January 28, 2011) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the two companies have agreed to expand the reach of Mazda’s original equipment manufacturing (OEM) offering to Nissan. Under the agreement, Mazda will begin supplying its Premacy van to Nissan from May 2011.
Nissan’s OEM business involves a large number of automakers around the world, with all programs ensuring win-win relationships that benefit both OEM suppliers and recipients. Thanks to this agreement, Nissan will enrich its line of minivans in the Japanese market with the addition of a model based on Mazda’s global minivan. The deal will also contribute to the overall efficiency of Nissan’s investments.
Mazda developed the Premacy as a global minivan and markets it in around 60 countries and regions around the world. Outside of Japan, it is sold as the Mazda5. It is one of Mazda’s flagship products with a cumulative production volume of over 885,000 units (March 1999-December 2010). As part of the deal, Mazda will supply a clearly differentiated version of the Premacy to Nissan for sale in Japan. Mazda and its subsidiaries expect to profit from increased profits resulting from the growth in production.
Mazda and Nissan are also working together under an existing mutual OEM agreement. Mazda supplies the Bongo van / truck to Nissan (sold as the Nissan Vanette van / truck), while Nissan supplies the AD / AD expert to Mazda (sold as the Mazda Familia van). The two companies will continue to work together as major business partners maintaining their long-term relationship.