In early January, Nissan North America reported its 2016 US new car sales. Total sales set a new record at 1,564,423 units. This is 5.4% up from the previous year.
Sales for the Nissan brand set a new record at 1,426,130 units. This is up 5.5% from the previous year. The flagship Altima (Teana in Japan) sold 307,380 units. This is down 7.8% from the previous year. The Sentra sold 214,709 units, which is up 5.5% year on year. The Versa sold 132,214 units, which is down 8.5%. The new Maxima, which was released in June, 2015, was up 55.3% at 62,670 units.
For the light truck category, which includes SUVs, pickups and minivans, the Rogue compact SUV (sister model for the new X-Trail) set a new record at 329,904 units. This is up 14.9% from the previous year and makes it the top selling Nissan brand in a year for the first time. The Frontier compact pickup was up 38.4% at 86,926 units. The new Murano was up 38.2% at 86,953 units.
The Infiniti brand saw 3.6% year-on-year growth with 138,239 units sold. The Q50 (the new Skyline in Japan) sold 44,007 units, which is up 0.3%. The QX50 SUV (Nissan Skyline Crossover in Japan) was up 3.1 times the previous year’s sales at 16,973 units. The QX30 compact crossover sold 2,259 units.
Of the Nissan brand’s total 2016 US sales, SUVs and light trucks made up 668,948. This is 16.2% up from the previous year.
(Translated by Greg Scott)