October 18, 2012

Nissan records strong September sales in Europe

Nissan announced European sales of 66,074 units in September 2012, recording an increase for the fourth successive month, up 58 per cent from August 2012.

Despite the challenging economic conditions across Europe, Nissan's calendar year to date sales
volume continues to track ahead of 2011 at 1.2 per cent up over the same period last year.

Market share is also up, with Nissan achieving a 4.1 per cent share in September and 3.9 per cent for the first nine months of the year.

Sales in the UK saw a fivefold increase between August 2012 and September 2012, driven by demand for the Sunderland-produced Juke, Qashqai and Note. Meanwhile sales in Russia have steadily grown since the beginning of 2012, due to brisk crossover sales and the popularity of the X-Trail SUV.

Contributing to this European growth was the iconic Nissan Micra which saw sales more than double in September 2012, with Nissan's family of crossovers also delivering strong performance - Nissan Juke up 77 per cent from August 2012 and Nissan Qashqai up 48 per cent.

"Nissan continues to buck the trend in Europe by demonstrating strong month-on-month sales and significant growth across some of our flagship models," said Guillaume Cartier, Nissan Vice-President for Sales Operations in Europe.

"Nissan continues to expand the regional business and we have announced over half a billion Euros investment in new models this calendar year alone. This will add to our exciting model line-up, which is already amongst the broadest of any manufacturer."

"Although the remainder of the year will continue to be turbulent for all manufacturers in Europe, Nissan is optimistic that it can maintain its strong sales and production performance in the last quarter and into 2013," Cartier further added.


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