The 2016 Infiniti QX50 (Nissan Skyline Crossover)

Infiniti sales down 1.8% in the US despite popular SUVs; August results

On September 1, Infiniti announced its August 2016 sales results for the US market. According to these results, overall sales declined 1.8% from the previous year, to 10,439 units, recording a deficit for the second straight month.

Regarding its sedan lineup, Infiniti’s leading Q50 (the Nissan Skyline, in Japan) fell for the fourth consecutive month, declining 2.4% yoy to 3,745 units. The Q70 (the Nissan Fuga, in Japan) continued its decline as well, dropping 29.9% yoy to 439 units. The final model for the Q60 (the Nissan Skyline Coupe, in Japan) plummeted 45.7% yoy, to 169 units.

As for SUVs, the QX60 fell 18.2% yoy to 3,268 units, as it recorded a deficit for the second month in a row. On the other hand, the QX50 (the Skyline Crossover, in Japan), thanks to the release of the new model, continued its significant rise, expanding by five times its results from the previous year, to 1,200 units.

Meanwhile, the QX70, Infiniti’s top-of-the-line crossover, grew for the first time in two months, climbing 3.7% yoy to 283 units. The leading QX80 SUV increased for the fifth month in a row, rising 16.1% yoy to 1,261 units. SUVs overall recorded 6,086 units, an 8.8% increase from the previous year.

So far in 2016 (January to August), Infiniti has sold 85,362 units (up 0.02% yoy) in the US. These consist of 31,872 passenger cars (down 29.2% yoy) and 53,490 light trucks including SUVs (up 32.6% yoy). The success of SUVs continues to drive the Infiniti brand.

(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)