Nissan Up 8.5%

Richard Chen
by Richard Chen
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No excuses needed here. Nissan's sales are back from the dead. (Did someone say truck incentives?) Even with three fewer selling days for July 2008, Nissan division sales were up 9.9 percent (unadjusted) over last year. Versa and Sentra's double-digit percent sales increases led the pack, Altima sales were basically unchanged at an impressive 24,429, and the brand spanking new Maxima was up a few percentage points from last year. Truck/CUV sales were up, thanks to sales of the new Rogue as well big gains by the Frontier, Pathfinder, and Quest (all three vehicles were roadkill last month). On the other hand, Infiniti sales were down 2.9 percent; all cars save the G Coupe had declining sales. Rising sales of the new(ish) EX and FX CUV's were not enough to offset the drop in cars sales.

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  • Davejay Davejay on Aug 01, 2008

    I'm actually not surprised at this, at least as far as the Versa and Sentra are concerned; I bought a Versa a few months ago (ruled out the Sentra because I wanted a sunroof and stick without the 2.5L) and did so because it was safe and comfortable and economical and roomy for the price...but every day I drive it, I like it a little bit more. It's just a very nice car for the money, and when you put it up against an Aveo or (surprisingly) a Civic, it's quirky enough to be charming. That, and it's noticeably safer than the Fit according to EuroNCAP, and you can get it in a 4-door hatch which you can't with the Yaris.

  • KixStart KixStart on Aug 02, 2008

    ronin, If what you say is true, then someone would have said, "Tundra sales are down due to availability." Which is and would be nonsense. Inventories tell the tale. Some vehicles ARE suffering from limited availability. Others are not.

  • Shaker Shaker on Aug 02, 2008

    The Sentra, Versa and Altima are definitely a great core lineup to offer in these times vs. the equivalent Big 2.5 offerings: Chevy: Cobalt, ?, Malibu. Ford: Focus, ?, Fusion. Chrysler: ?, Caliber, Avenger.

  • Mikeolan Mikeolan on Aug 02, 2008

    @Shaker: Chevy offers the Aveo, but I wouldn't even count it as it's so far from competitive.