Better dealer availability helped lift some of Nissan’s most popular models in July, but the gains did not significantly offset a dip in Altima and Pathfinder sales.
The brand sold 122,530 cars and trucks in July, up 2 percent from a year ago.
A 26 percent drop, or 8,893 vehicles, in sales of the high-volume Nissan Altima offset a 33 percent jump in sales of Nissan’s other high-volume vehicle, the Rogue compact crossover vehicle. Rogue sales increased to 33,298.
Maxima sales were up 44 percent to 5,990 for the month. The Frontier pickup posted 7,244 sales, a 73 percent improvement from July 2015.
Judy Wheeler, Nissan North America’s vice president for U.S. sales, said the company had more dealer inventory of the Rogue, Versa, Maxima, Murano and Frontier in July, an issue that has crimped Nissan volumes in recent months.
“We had Maximas available in pockets around the country in past months, but we had better availability all across the country last month,” she said.
She said the same was true of the Frontier, which has been in spotty supply in the past year. The increased supplies will pay off for retailers this fall when the redesigned Titan begins to arrive in showrooms in more substantial numbers, Wheeler said.
“We see Titan sales spilling over to the Frontier to drive sales later this fall,” she said.
Wheeler attributed a tough selling market in July partly to consumer unease over the presidential campaigns.
Infiniti brand sales declined 4.7 percent in July to 9,945 with nearly across-the-board setbacks.
Only two models saw increases: The fast-growing QX50 crossover rose 647 percent to 1,360 sales from just 182 this time last year, and the full-size QX80 SUV increased 17.8 percent to 1,267.
Infiniti Americas spokesman Nick Twork said two key vehicles will arrive in the next 60 days -- a new-generation Q60 coupe this month and the all-new QX30 crossover in September.