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NISSAN'S GLOBAL SALES DRIVEN BY STRONG MOMENTUM.

Nissan's global crossover and SUV sales increased more than 12 per cent in 2017 to more than 2mn vehicles, driven by the all-new Nissan Kicks small crossover, the Rogue, X-Trail and Qashqai compact models, a refreshed Armada full-size SUV and the Infiniti QX30 compact luxury crossover.

Nissan's global crossover and SUV models increased nearly 13 per cent, while Infiniti luxury crossovers and SUVs were up almost nine per cent in 2017.

In total, Nissan increased global crossover and SUV volume by nearly 230,000 vehicles last year.

Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for Nissan, said, 'The improvement in our global crossover and SUV sales made a significant contribution to Nissan's growth in 2017. We increased crossover and SUV sales by nearly 230,000 units last year.

'We expect our momentum to accelerate in 2018 as we expand Kicks availability to the US and Canada, execute the global launch of the new Infiniti QX50 luxury midsize crossover and start sales of the Datsun Cross in Indonesia.'

The Nissan Rogue, X-Trail and Qashqai platform mates generated more than 1.38mn sales worldwide in 2017, an increase of ten per cent, and ranked as Nissan's number one platform by volume.

A refreshed Nissan Armada in the US and continued strong sales of the Nissan Patrol in the Middle East helped sales of that platform increase 79 per cent worldwide to nearly 80,000 vehicles, proving that full-size, body-on-frame SUVs are still in high demand by customers all over the world.

At Infiniti, sales of the QX30 compact luxury crossover increased 97 per cent in 2017 to almost 32,000 vehicles during its first full year on sale.

The QX80 full-size SUV continued to gain momentum with more than 21,000 sales worldwide.

Next month, Infiniti will launch the all-new QX50 midsize crossover. Built on a new platform with stunning interior and exterior design and featuring an industry-first variable compression ratio engine, called VC-Turbo, as well as advanced semi-autonomous drive functions, the QX50 is in the sweet spot of one of the fastest growing segments in the world. Over the past five years, the premium midsize crossover segment has quadrupled in China and more than doubled in the US.

Overall, Nissan's record crossover and SUV sales were led by a 94 per cent improvement in Latin America and 16 per cent improvements in both North America and China.

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