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Nissan sets July sales record; Toyota sales also increase

For the second consecutive month, Nissan has set a sales record.

Data the company released Thursday morning show total July sales for Nissan and Infiniti were up 10.9 percent over last year. Total units sold were 109,041.

The Nissan division also set a July record, with 101,279 units sold, up 16.8 percent over July 2012.

Sales of the Sentra compact sedan, which is made in Canton, were up 15.7 percent5, with 11,439 units sold. Sales of another Canton product, the midsize Altima sedan, were up 11 percent, with 29,534 units sold.

The news caps off an eventful week for Nissan’s Canton assembly plant. On Tuesday, officials broke ground on a 1 million square foot supplier park. The park, paid for with a $100 million bond package lawmakers passed last session, is expected to create a total of 800 jobs in advance of the crossover Murano being made in Canton starting next year.

The Madison County Economic Development Authority will issue the bonds. Nissan will service the debt with lease revenue the park’s buildings generate.

Last month, Nissan set a June sales record with 104,124 units sold. Nissan Division sales also set a June record, with 95,010 units sold. That represents a 16.1 percent increase over last June.

Toyota also reported July sales results Thursday. The company said it sold 193,394 units, an increase of 12.6 percent over July 2012. On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 25 selling days in July 2013 versus 24 selling days in July 2012, Toyota sales increased 17.3 percent from the year-ago month.

“Solid industry sales in July point to a stable market indicating a recovering economy,” Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, said in a company press release. “Consumer confidence also maintained elevated levels as evidenced by strong retail sales.”

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