U.S. Auto Sales: Nissan sales up 19 percent image

Nissan North America Inc. said Thursday that its August U.S. sales rose 19.2 percent on strong demand for its top-selling Altima sedan.

Nissan Division sales increased 22.4% for the month with 82,517 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 4.3 percent from the prior year, to 9,024 units.

The launch of the all-new Versa Sedan helped boost sales of the Versa subcompact by 14.9 percent to 8,566 in August.

Strong sales of the Nissan Altima continue, with 23,016 units marking an August increase of 24.5 percent over the prior year.

Sales of the Rogue crossover achieved a record in August, up 13.2 percent with 11,467 deliveries.
Deliveries of all-electric Nissan LEAF totaled 1,362 in August, with 6,187 units sold since its December 2010 launch.

“Nissan expects to see continued market-share gains thanks to better vehicle availability than key competitors and strong performances by our top sellers: the Altima, Rogue and Versa,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of the company’s Nissan division in a press release.

“The 2012 Versa sedan is off to a great start and is positioning us to maintain our leadership in the competitive subcompact segment.”

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