ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan is saddened to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday after a long illness.
“South Africa has lost one of our most loved and revered icons,” said Nissan South Africa managing director Mike Whitfield. “Madiba was an inspiration and example to us all. We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones at this very sad time.”
Whitfield said that Mandela was a global icon whose humility and dignity had earned him the global respect of individuals, regardless of rank.
His actions, he continued, served as a role model for young and old alike and that Nissan SA employees will continue to honor Madiba’s legacy by giving of their time each year on Mandela Day, the anniversary of his birth, a day inspired by the selfless qualities for which he was universally known and admired.
Mandela turned 95 on July 18, 2013.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with approximately 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
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About Nissan in South Africa
Nissan South Africa is the operational hub for Regional Business Unit South, serving Nissan’s key South Africa market and 42 other countries in Sub Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. The company offers a range of locally-produced and imported vehicles in these markets. Employing nearly 2000 people, its Rosslyn plant manufactures light commercial vehicles which include the NP200 half-ton pickup and NP300 one-ton Hardbody. It also produces the Livina and Sandero passenger vehicles, the latter for Alliance partner Renault. Nissan South Africa is one of the top three automotive companies in South Africa. In fiscal 2012 the company sold 50 542 vehicles.
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