At the end of October, Nissan North America released its September US sales figures. Total sales were 127,797 units, which is up 4.9% from the previous year’s September and marks the first year-on-year growth in 2 months.
Of the total, passenger car sales were down 5.8% at 64,939 units. On the other hand, the light truck category, which includes SUVs, was up 18.9% at 62,858 units.
For the Nissan brand, September sales totaled 116,384 units. This is up 4.3% and marks the first growth in 2 months. For passenger cars, the flagship Altima (Teana in Japan) sold 25,031 units. This is up 3.3% from the previous year and marks the first growth in 3 months. The Sentra sold 13,670 units, which is down 3.7% and marks the 2nd month of decline. The Versa sold 11,553 units, which is down 36% and marks the 2nd month of decline. The Maxima, which saw a new model introduced in June, 2015, was up 69.7% at 6,569 units, marking the 12th month of growth.
For the light truck category, which includes SUVs, pickups and minivans, the compact Rogue SUV sold 26,459 units, setting a new record for September. The Rogue is the sister model of the X-Trail. Its sales were up 5.6% and this made September the 26th month of growth. The Frontier compact pickup was up 64.5% at 7,569 units, marking the 9th month of growth. The new Murano’s sales were up 45.9% at 7,536 units, setting a new record for September.
Infiniti brand sales were up 11.7% at 11,413 units, marking the first growth in 3 months. The flagship Q50 (Nissan Skyline in Japan) sold 4,539 units, which is up 22.5% and marks the first growth in 5 months. The QX60 SUV was down 18.7% at 3,126 units, which marks the 3rd month of decline. The QX50 (Skyline Crossover in Japan) had a model change and as a result, saw 4.6 times the sales of the previous year at 1,215 units.
Nissan’s 2015 US sales were up 7.1% at 1,484,918 units, setting a new record. Sales for January to September 2016 were up 5.4% at 1,183,024 units.
(Translated by Greg Scott)