Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) said today that December 2009 sales totaled 73,404 units versus 62,101 units a year earlier, an increase of 18%.
Nissan Division sales rose 19% for the month, while sales of Infiniti vehicles were 10% higher than a year before.
For calendar year 2009, combined Nissan and Infiniti sales totaled 770,103 vehicles, compared with 951,350 vehicles sold in 2008, a 19% decline.
This means that Nissan experienced roughly the same overall decline in 2009 as Toyota and Honda.
“The industry is coming out of a very tough year; it’s good to see 2009 behind us,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, NNA.
“Despite the huge challenges and uncertainties of last year, combined Nissan and Infiniti market share set a record in 2009. And looking ahead, we’re encouraged by some signs of economic improvement. Showroom traffic is building and consumer confidence is rising.”
Nissan is launching eight new vehicles in the U.S. market, including the Nissan LEAF battery-electric car during the next year.