In the first half of 2012 Nissan sold over 366,000 units in Europe, with 18,000 vehicles more than the previous year.
Although Europe is facing an economic crisis, Nissan’s achievement is due to its overall share of the European market, which from January to June has climbed to an average of above 3.9%. In June Nissan sold over 40,000 Crossovers, up 23% compared to the same period last year, most of them Qashqai and Juke manufactured at the Sunderland plant.
Nissan aims at continuing its dominance of the Crossover sector in the following years, with an all-new Qashqai already in plans for the Sunderland facility. The company also plans to launch the Juke NISMO at the beginning of 2013. This model was unveiled in June at Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, and will be the first in the NISMO-badged cars series to offer an increased performance, enhanced styling, and sporty handling.
“There is no doubt that the second half of the year will continue to pose challenges for all manufacturers, but I’m confident that the strength of our model line-up, which is also one of the broadest within Europe, will result in another successful year for Nissan,” said Nissan Vice President for Sales Operations in Europe, Guillaume Cartier.