Nissan Frontier And Pathfinder Lead The 2021 Sales Charge

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The Frontier was a strong driving force for the US market.

Nissan's US sales numbers are in and the Japanese manufacturer experienced a successful year shifting 977,639 units. Partly thanks to the introduction of new models such as the Nissan Frontier, this reflects an 8.7% increase compared to the previous year.

Looking at Q4 in isolation, however, the company was not as strong with a final result of 194,983 units. That's a 19.8% decrease over the same period in 2020.

In Q4 2021, the Frontier saw an uptake of 114.4% with 22,634 units sold while the Pathfinder complemented this with a final sales figure of 12,439, that's 12.5% up from 2020. Interestingly, the subcompact Nissan Kicks was also a strong seller for the brand with 18,225 units finding new homes, a 12.4% increase over the same period in 2020.

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The Nissan Armada also saw some success with a modest 4,130 units sold. While relatively lower than other models in the lineup, this reflects a 94.8% increase for the moniker compared to Q4 2020. This is no doubt thanks to the refresher it received late last year.

While these cars performed impressively over the fourth quarter, Nissan details that models such as the Sentra, Altima, and Titan saw quarterly decreases of 31.2, 30.9, and 34.1% respectively, compared to the same period last year. The Nissan Murano's decrease of 49% was a standout figure with sales having declined to 6,830 units sold. The Nissan Rogue also saw a decline of 15.8%, but with a quarterly sales figure of 50,955, it remains a big hitter for the company.

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On the flipside, Nissan states that vehicles that saw more than 25% increases year-over-year include the Versa at 26.2% with 60,913 units declared and the Sentra, despite its poor performance over the final quarter, with a rise of 35.1%, reflected by a 127,861 final sales figure.

Proving the rising popularity of electric mobility in the US market was the 48.9% year-on sales increase for the Leaf which rose to 14,239 unit allocations for 2021, despite also seeing a marginal decrease of 10.3% in Q4. The brand also sings praises for the Kicks which, throughout 2021, sold 82,960 units. This is the best it has performed since it was introduced in June 2018.

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