After a sputtering start to the decade, Nissan Group's U.S. market fortunes showed signs of recovery in 2021. But it has turned out to be short-lived.
Last year, the Japanese automaker's U.S. sales tumbled 25 percent as the industry grappled with tight inventories and faced a new threat of softening demand in a slowing economy.
Nissan Division sold 682,731 vehicles in 2022, down 26 percent from the year earlier. Infiniti sales, meanwhile, tumbled 20 percent to 46,619 vehicles last year.
In the fourth quarter, Nissan Group sales dipped 2 percent to 191,012 vehicles.
Judy Wheeler, Nissan Division's U.S. vice president of sales and regional operations, blamed chip-related supply shortages.
"We are doing great on [supply of] the core vehicles, but we were short on our smaller vehicles — Sentra, Kicks, Versa," Wheeler told Automotive News, referring to shortages of chips on those models.
Sentra sales were down 40 percent for the year, Kicks was down 34 percent, and Versa was down 78 percent.
Semiconductor supplies are "definitely improving, but not as quickly as we anticipated," Wheeler said. "We are running into different issues with different suppliers."