Nissan North America outsold American Honda Motor Co. in the first two months of 2015 -- just as it did in January and February 2014. Honda came back to finish higher than Nissan for the full year, but the race between the rivals is on again.
Nissan sold 118,436 cars and light trucks in February, up 2.7 percent and besting Honda's 105,466.
In February, Nissan was powered by Infiniti, where sales rose 20 percent to 11,659. Nissan Division sold 106,777 vehicles, up just 1.1 percent. Honda brand sales came in at 92,474, up 4.1 percent. Acura, Honda's premium brand, outpaced Infiniti, selling 12,992 vehicles, 13 percent more than a year before. The RDX small crossover was Acura's big gainer.
Infiniti was driven by small and midsize sedans. It sold 1,643 Q40s, up 77 percent, and 3,649 Q50s, up 11 percent.
Fred Diaz, Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, said he is expecting March to be another strong month for the industry: "I think you're going to see pent-up demand due to all the things that happened in the Northeast with ice storms. I think a lot of people didn't come in [to showrooms in February] and are going to be back this month."