Nissan’s European market share stagnated at 3.9 percent in January image

Nissan today announced it maintained its market share of 3.9 percent in January 2013, selling 47,449 units during the month versus 55,098 units in January 2012.

Although Nissan’s overall market share in Europe remained stable last month, in Russia, Spain and the UK the carmaker posted a market share of well over 5 percent as it has a strong manufacturing footprint in those countries.

Fiscal year to date sales were also up in 8 European markets including the UK, Austria, Slovakia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Iceland and Kazakstan. In the UK, where Nissan’s manufacturing plant surpassed 500,000 units at the end of last year, monthly sales were up 23 percent compared to January 2012 and fiscal year to date sales were up 9 percent versus this time last year.

Growth was fuelled by strong consumer demand for Nissan crossovers, as sales of the Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and Juke models accounted for nearly 60 percent of total January sales. The Nissan Note hatchback also recorded solid sales this month, up 43 percent compared to January 2012. Nissan performed well in the van segment too, with sales of the NV200 and NV400 both on the rise compared to last year.