INFINITI, the luxury division of Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., last week reported its best-ever October sales in the U.S. of 11,880 vehicles, up 15 percent.
Overall, though, Nissan Group of North America U.S. sales for October were down 11 percent, though certain models showed growth in calendar year 2018 to date, led by “crossover” style Sport Utility Vehicles.
Sales of the Murano midsize SUV grew by 17.6 percent year to date over 2017. The electric Nissan LEAF was up 8.8 percent to date over 2017, and sales of the Frontier pickup were up 7.2 percent.
The all-new 2019 INFINITI QX50 luxury crossover had its third-straight record month with 3,160 deliveries, up 142 percent.
With sales of 1,737 vehicles, an increase of 102 percent, the QX80 premium full-size SUV had its best October. In all crossovers and SUVs were up 40 percent for the month.
Aside from the electric LEAF, the sales figures follow a trend in U.S. sales toward increasing popularity of trucks and SUVs.
Total Nissan Group car sales were down 16.7 percent from 620,492 sold in 2017 to 516,846 so far this year. Total truck/SUV sales were up by 2.7 percent, from 698,761 sold in 2017 to 717,798 sold so far in 2018.