Nissan and Infiniti Sales Rise 13.6%

Richard Chen
by Richard Chen
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Nissan’s two divisions did well in August 2008, thanks to a heavy dose of incentives. Nissan division sales were up 14.2 percent over last year, but car sales flat at plus 0.6 percent. The Altima is outselling all other Nissan cars combined (25,298 units), down just 0.5 percent for the month, up 9.2 percent year-to-date (YTD). Versa sales took a breather for the first time in months at 8,015 units, down 5.2 percent for the month (up 15.7 percent for the year). Suprisingly, Nissan’s trucks/CUVs did well, up 22.7 percent. Dealers pushed another 6637 Rogue CUVs out the door, and racked-up double-digit percentage sales increases for the Frontier (55.5 percent), Xterra (76.9 percent), and Quest (64.4 percent). The gains are a complete U-turn from whopping drops just two months ago. The Rogue jump certainly makes sense, cannibalizing the Murano and probably getting some mileage out of its relatively high MPG ratings (for the segment, at least). The larger new Murano CUV continues to sell off the pace, down 22.9 percent , and Titan down 15.9 percent. On the luxury side, Infiniti sales rose 8.0 percent over last year. A 7.7 percent drop in G35 sedan sales were offset by a 27.3 percent rise in FX CUV sales. But that’s just 300 vehicles either way. If anyone’s counting, Godzilla GT-R sales are 484, and 631 in 2008. And guess what? No factory incentives involved.

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  • Mikeolan Mikeolan on Sep 03, 2008

    @ Joe Shpoilshport I agree entirely- if you even look at Nissan's lease specials, the Versa and Sentra are so close to the Altima I wonder how they even sell them.

  • Alex Nigro Alex Nigro on Sep 03, 2008
    If anyone’s counting, Godzilla GT-R sales are 484, and 631 in 2008. The dealer markups have to be crazy, though...
  • Gimmeamanual Gimmeamanual on Sep 04, 2008

    Joe Shpoilshport, my Altima SE-R can get 29HWY easy. Why those others can't do better is beyond me, and the performance trade-off kills any argument.

  • Richard Chen Richard Chen on Sep 04, 2008

    @Runfromcheney: August Titan sales were 5,871, down 15.9%, and down 40.9% YTD. Get that thing a, uh, Hemi!