U.S. sales of Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) in January 2011 totaled to 71,847 units, representing a 14.8% increase compared to 62,572 units sold in January 2010. Nissan Division sales grew by 15.4% for January. Meanwhile, Infiniti sales increased by 10.3% over the previous year.
A total of 64,442 Nissan vehicles were sold in January, a 15.4% increase over the 55,861 units sold in January the previous year. Monthly results were boosted by sales of Nissan crossovers, with sales of the Rogue marking a best-ever January, a 71.9% increase from the prior year at 9,423 units.
The Juke sold persistently well ever since it was launched, with sales of 3,095 units. It was a record month for Versa subcompact sales with 8,682 units, a 46.8% climb. Meanwhile, Sentra sales increased by 26.9% to 9,538 units. On the second month that the Nissan Leaf has been available, it sold 87 units.
Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan division, said that the increase in Nissan sales is partly attributed to the success of its crossovers like the Rogue, which marked five straight months of year-over-year monthly records, with sales of 9,423 units.
He also gave credit to the Juke, which surpassed expectations with sales topping 3,000 units for the third straight month.
Infiniti posted a 10.3 percent jump in January to 7,405 units in the US, compared to just 6,711 units sold in the same period a year ago. Leading the charge for Infiniti is the Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV, which saw its sales in the months surge by 17.8 percent to 782 units, allowing it to record seven straight months of sales increases since it was launched.
Meanwhile, Infiniti sold 21.2-percent more of its G Sedan Line percent to 3,248 units, thanks to the sales feat of the new G25 sports sedan. Nissan North America computes the monthly difference on a straight-percentage basis -- unadjusted for the number of selling days -- to ensure consistent global sales reporting.
It should be noted that both January 2011 and January 2010 had 24 selling days. Nissan's operations in North America include not only automotive styling, engineering and manufacturing, but also consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing and distribution.
Nissan has committed itself to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010. The US Environmental Protection Agency has also recognized Nissan as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.