Nissan Frontier Sales Jump 73 Percent in July
The 2016 Nissan Frontier might be the oldest midsize pickup in the U.S. these days, but that’s not stopping customers from buying them. Nissan announced the Frontier posted a 72.7 percent year-over-year increase in July sales. That’s impressive. July 2016 sales are listed at 7,244 units. That’s far more that July 2015’s number of 4,194. It’s a difference of 3,050 trucks.
Nissan sold an impressive 62,817 Frontier pickups in the 2015 calendar year, but is quickly catching up with 52,255 Frontiers sold in 2016 as of the end of July. That leaves a gap of 10,562 units before the Frontier outsells itself over 2015. And with five months left to go, the likelihood is extremely high.
The Frontier’s highest sale this decade came in 2014, with 74,323 units moved. While there’s a disparity of 22,068 units between the Frontier’s current 2016 sales and 2014’s total sales, it’s completely possible Nissan will surpass the mark. Divided out, Nissan would only have to sell 4,414 Frontiers per month before December 31.
Looking holistically, June 2016 posted even better year-over-year sales. The Frontier sold 84 percent better than it did in June of 2015, with 8,166 examples moving off the lot verses 4,437 units in June of 2015. In fact, every month of 2016 has shown year-over-year gains from 2015 – though none as drastic and June and July’s numbers.
It’s in comparison to its rivals at Toyota and Chevrolet that Nissan’s sales look weak. Toyota sold 179,562 Tacomas in the 2015 calendar year while Chevy moved 84,430 Colorados. Still, there are folks buying the Frontier despite its age and relative lack of sophistication. We’ll jump into the reasons why below.
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Yet another old school body-on-frame SUV will be going under the executioner’s axe. According to our friends at Edmunds, Nissan will discontinue production of the Nissan Xterra after 2015, ending its 15-year production run.
Edmunds says the decision was made because of regulatory reasons. Continuing production after this year would have required expensive and significant alterations to both safety and emissions equipment, and because sales for the Xterra have been so slow in recent years – just 16,505 units in 2014 – the business case to keep it around could not be made. Fuel mileage is also pretty abhorrent by current standards: just 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive specification and 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway with four-wheel-drive.
Based on Nissan’s F-Alpha truck and SUV platform, the Xterra is the most recent victim in the flight from truck-based, body-on-frame chassis to car-based crossovers and unibody chassis. Both the Ford Explorer and Nissan’s own Pathfinder adopted unibody chassis with their latest generations, while the Toyota FJ Cruiser was axed altogether.
The Xterra will be getting a few minor upgrades for its final year of production, including the addition of NissanConnect with Mobile Apps, a USB connection for iPods and a new SolarFlare Yellow exterior color.
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