Nissan Thrived While Others Recovered In 2014
Nissan sold 30, 976 Altimas in August, compared to 45,000 Toyota Camrys. Photo via Nissan

Nissan Thrived While Others Recovered In 2014

Nissan sold 30, 976 Altimas in August, compared to 45,000 Toyota Camrys. Photo via Nissan
The Altima has long been Nissan’s best seller. The sedan set a sales record in 2014. Photo via Nissan

For the largest automakers in the U.S., 2014 got them back up to pre-recession levels. For Franklin-based Nissan North America, the year set a sales record.

A string of record months resulted in nearly 1.4 million vehicles sold – an all-time high. The Nissan brand drove most of the gains. The company’s luxury line – Infiniti – just barely broke even on the year.

Nissan’s story is a bit different from the big three domestic automakers, who saw rebounds in truck and SUV sales because of lower gas prices. Nissan’s sales drivers were still smaller models. In fact, the full-size Titan truck and the Pathfinder SUV backtracked for the year while the Altima sedan, Rogue SUV and the all-electric Leaf – which are all built in Smyrna – set sales records. In total, Nissan car sales were up 13 percent for the year.

It’s worth noting that even amid falling gas prices, sales of the Leaf continued to rise, crossing the 30,000 threshold for the first time.

By December of 2014, Nissan had increased its market share in the U.S. from 8 to 8.5 percent – slightly behind Honda and Toyota but well ahead of Hyundai.

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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