Nissan Group in a news release today announced total U.S. sales for May of 135,934 units, an increase of 18.8 percent over last year and a May record.
Sales of the Mississippi-built Altima set a record at 36,053, up 12.9 percent. Year-to-date, Altima has the largest sales increase of any car in the midsize category. Sales of the Nissan Frontier increased 1.4 percent to 6,662 units, and sales of the Nissan NV jumped 51.9 percent to 1,475 units. The Frontier and NV are also built in Mississippi.
“Nissan started the month with strong momentum and rode an outstanding Memorial Day weekend to capture our best May sales performance in the history of Nissan in the U.S.,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “With records for many of Nissan’s top models, along with the best-ever month for LEAF, it’s clear that our products are resonating with the public and car sales are heating up as we head into summer.”
Other highlights from the May sales new release:
— May was the best-ever month for Nissan LEAF with 3,117 sales, an increase of 45.8 percent over the prior year. In May, LEAF passed 50,000 total U.S. sales since launch, further establishing it as the leader among electric vehicles.
— Nissan Sentra also set a May sales record at 21,932, breaking the previous mark set in 1984 when Sentra was Nissan’s top-selling model. Sentra sales were up 75.4 percent for the month.
— Sales of the Nissan Rogue crossover set a May record with 18,722, an increase of 8 percent.
— Nissan Versa sales increased 30.5 percent to 11,243 in May, also a record for the month.
— Juke crossover sales also set a May record at 3,825, an increase of 33.4 percent over the prior year.