Nissan: European sales up 35 pct in 2011 image

Nissan Motor on Friday said that the company sold 294,000 units between January to May period, an increase of 35% compared to 2010.

In May Nissan sold over 58,000 vehicles, representing a 37% year-on-year increase, and in percentage terms nearly three times the rise in overall customer demand within the region last month.

Locally-produced models continue to drive this demand, including the Qashqai crossover and Note mini-MPV – both manufactured in Sunderland, UK – and the Barcelona-built Navara pickup and NV200 small van.

All these models posted significant year-on-year sales increases contributing to Nissan’s 3.5% European market share for May. Calendar year-to-date, Nissan now has a 3.7% share of the market.

Bernard Loire, Vice President Sales Operations Europe, said: “We sold nearly 16,000 additional vehicles last month compared to May 2010, which is outstanding.”

“The last few months have been particularly challenging for the industry. At Nissan we have prioritized supplying vehicles to our customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we are now seeing the reward for this effort.”