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NISSAN DECEMBER SALES UP 6.2 PERCENT, DRIVEN BY CONTINUING SUCCESS OF ALTIMA AND QUEST -- PATHFINDER SETS NEW MONTHLY SALES RECORD

 CARSON, Calif., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A. today announced December total vehicle sales of 42,315 units for its Nissan Division, representing a 6.2 percent increase over December 1991 figures of 38,308.
 According to Nissan, monthly sales have continued to rise since October 1992, shortly after the introduction of the new Altima mid- size sedan. Strong sales for the Altima, as well as for the Nissan Quest, have spurred these consecutive monthly increases.
 December sales performance of 8,712 units for the Altima virtually doubled year-ago sales of its predecessor, the Stanza, in the all-important mid-size sedan segment. Total Altima sales for 1992 were 30,615 units since its debut in September. Earl J. Hesterberg, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, said: "Right now, sales of the Altima are only limited by availability, because we're selling every one we make."
 Quest posted its strongest month ever in December with 2,651 units. Total Quest sales since its debut in July 1992 were 8,645 units.
 The Nissan Pathfinder also posted record-breaking sales in December, with 4,833 units, representing the sport utility vehicle's best sales month ever and one of its best years, with total 1992 Pathfinder sales of 36,998 units.
 "The end of 1992 marks a new direction for Nissan," said Hesterberg. "In the latter part of 1992, we not only launched our strongest new products ever, but we shifted our manufacturing emphasis to focus on the production of high-volume, value-oriented, family sedans."
 Nissan posted additional increases during December in truck sales and in sales of domestically produced vehicles.
 Truck sales rose 8.1 percent to 12,781 units for the month. Sales of domestically produced vehicles rose 37.7 percent to 23,254 units in December.
 According to Hesterberg, the sales increase in domestically produced vehicles is a result of Nissan's increased efforts to build more vehicles here in the United States.
 "By the end of 1993, we plan to achieve 60 percent of our U.S. sales from U.S.-produced vehicles," said Hesterberg.
 Nissan's sales of domestically produced vehicles were 273,269 units for 1992, accounting for 51 percent of total sales, while import sales accounted for 49 percent.
 Nissan Division calendar year sales were 534,457 units, vs. 541,637 units for 1991.
 All Nissan percentages are based on daily selling rates.
 Sales figures exclude Hawaii.
 NISSAN
 Sales Report December 1992
 3rd 10 Days
 10-Day Results(a) Current Year DSR Percent
 Period Ago +/-
 Domestic Car 8,374 4,144 79.6
 Domestic Truck 3,775 4,179 -19.7
 Total Domestic 12,149 8,323 29.8
 Month-to-Date-Results
 Current Year DSR Percent
 Month Ago +/-
 Domestic(a)
 Car 15,306 8,379 75.6
 Truck 7,948 7,863 -2.8
 Total Domestic 23,254 16,242 37.7
 Import
 Car 14,228 18,564 -26.3
 Truck 4,833 3,502 32.7
 Total Import 19,061 22,066 -16.9
 Calendar Year-To-Date
 CYTD Year DSR Percent
 Total Ago +/-
 Domestic(a)
 Car 144,588 112,800 27.8
 Truck 128,681 128,408 -0.1
 Total Domestic 273,269 241,208 12.9
 Import
 Car 224,484 260,921 -14.2
 Truck 36,704 39,508 -7.4
 Total Import 261,188 300,429 -13.3
 Current Year DSR Percent
 Month Ago +/-
 Total
 Car 29,534 26,943 5.4
 Truck 12,781 11,365 8.1
 Total Sales 42,315 38,308 6.2
 CYTD Year DSR Percent
 Ago +/-
 Total
 Car 369,072 373,721 -1.6
 Truck 165,385 167,916 -1.8
 Total Sales 534,457 541,637 -1.6
 (a) Domestic sales figures exclude Hawaii.
 Note: There were 9 selling days in this period and 8 selling days last year, 26 selling days this month and 25 selling days last year, and 308 selling days this year and 307 last year. All percentages are based on daily selling rates.
 -0- 1/6/93
 /CONTACT: Lynn Folse or Tony Wells of Nissan Motor Corp. U.S.A., 310-767-6404; or Barbara Ponce of Bob Thomas & Associates, 310-314-6618 for Nissan/


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