PARIS -- Nissan had its best sales result in Europe in a decade last year. The Japanese automaker sold 542,292 vehicles, up 14.5 percent over 2002.
The sales figure is ahead of the company's 2003 sales target of 530,000, giving it a 3.06 percent market share. Nissan makes one of the fastest growing brands in Europe.
Mario Canavesi, Nissan senior vice president of sales and marketing, said that the growth has been driven by successful new products such as the Micra and a strong performance in the 4x4 sector with products such as the X-Trail and the Pickup.