NASHVILLE -- Nissan Division's previous decision to cut back on fleet sales in August, coupled with the loss of a week of sales in the Houston market due to Hurricane Harvey, resulted in a 15 percent sales drop in August.
The Nissan brand reported August sales of 97,340 units, with the drop led by a 25 percent falloff in Altima sales.
Sales of the high-flying Rogue crossover posted a 10 percent decline as the brand's light-truck offerings declined 11 percent.
"It was a double whammy for us," said Judy Wheeler, Nissan Division vice president of U.S. sales. "We cut back on fleet sales in August, as we had been planning to do. But then the hurricane in Texas hurt our results on top of that."
Nissan has 56 stores in Texas and 20 were closed for a week. Some that were open operated with a skeleton crew mainly for customer assistance.
Wheeler declined to give specifics on the reduction in August fleet volumes compared to the year-earlier month, but said the decrease was "significant."