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UK Record Sales in 2012 for Nissan

2012 has been a record year for Nissan, with 105,834 cars sold, this has given Nissan a market share of 5.2 percent.

This is a 9.9 percent rise in sales from 2011 which had a total of 96,269 cars sold.  Including Nissan’s LCV sales they sold 115,970 vehicles in the UK, up 8.3 percent. This is up from 107,123 which were sold in 2011.

The best-ever volume came from the popular sector-defining models like the Qashqai and Juke which had the most success.

Every year since its launch in 2007 the Qashqai’s sales have increased and 2012 has been a vintage year for the family crossover which sold 45,675 units, this is up from the 39,406 units. That figure has boosted sales up by 15.9 per cent and confirmed the Qashqai’s position as the UK’s sixth most popular car.

The supermini crossover Juke has also had a phenomenal 2012, with 28,862 models sold up from 21,900, which is a huge 31.7 percent improvement. Been only two years old the Juke as a brand is now in its own right and is now the sixth best selling car in the B-segment. Its also been a good year for the all-electric LEAF with sales up by 10 percent.

This success was set against the backdrop of a record year at Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing site, who has broke its 500,000 unit production barrier for the first time, building an incredible 510,572 vehicles, up 6.3 percent from last years performance of 480,485 units.

Nissan’s LCVs have also had a good year with 10,136 light vehicles sold. The biggest seller in the range was the NV200 which sold 3,435 units, up 35.8 percent from 2,529 sold in 2011.

Nissan this year are introducing the Qashqai 360 edition, the Juke Nismo also goes on sale this month, a revised LEAF (produced at Sunderland) will be arriving in the spring and a replacement for the Note joining the range in September – as well as many more product launches, the outlook for 2013 looks even more positive.

“Despite an increasingly competitive market, 2012 was a record year for Nissan – and that’s something to be incredibly proud of. The Qashqai continues to be a runaway success and the Juke is more than following in its footsteps, showing that we building exactly the right cars for our customers; cars that are innovative, exciting and for everyone” comments Jim Wright, Managing Director at Nissan GB.

“Our manufacturing story is just as remarkable, with Nissan’s Sunderland production facility surging through the 500,000 unit barrier in 2012. We look forward to building on this success in 2013 with many more new models, including the replacement for the Note. We intend to keep breaking records and over the next few years I anticipate many more will fall.”

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