Nissan dealers sold more than 7,000 cars in April – up 21.24 per cent on April 2010 – with year-to-date figures showing that more than 32,000 Nissans have been bought so far in 2011.
Nissan’s market share in the UK is now 4.60 per cent.
Of those 7,000 Nissans sold in April, 3,738 were Qashqais, a result earning itself eight place in April’s top ten best-sellers. Meanwhile in the top ten year-to-date chart, the Qashqai sits in ninth with 12,991 sales to its name.
The overall market saw new car registrations fall by 7.4 per cent in April.
The April new car market fell by 7.4 per cent to 137,746 units. This was the tenth successive decline in volumes.
The market was 1.5 per cent ahead of forecast and on par with the 2010 market with scrappage volumes removed.
The SMMT’s chief executive, Paul Everitt, said: ‘New car registrations in April demonstrated continued stability in the marketplace, with demand remaining lower than in 2010, although slightly ahead of industry expectations.
‘The coming months will remain challenging, but we do expect to see a return to growth in the second half of the year.’
Despite economic and supply chain uncertainty, SMMT’s full year forecast remains at 1.93m units.