Nissan's sales in the third quarter were throttled by inventory shortages roiling the auto industry. A top Nissan executive, however, expects sales to shift into higher gear as the chip shortage eases.
Nissan Motor Co. sales tumbled 10 percent during the third quarter.
The Nissan division sold 188,289 vehicles in the latest period, down 7.6 percent from a year earlier. Infiniti volume tumbled 39 percent to 10,666 vehicles.
"Q3 for us was the most challenging that I expect that we will have this year," said Judy Wheeler, Nissan division vice president of sales and regional operations in the U.S.
"We really hit our low point as far as how the microchip shortage affects inventory," Wheeler said.
The supply crisis took its toll on Nissan's bestseller, the Rogue. Third-quarter sales of the redesigned crossover were down 13 percent from a year earlier.
"I have no Rogues left in inventory," she said.