Nissan enjoys record January

Nissan’s European arm enjoyed a record month in January selling 50,542 units.

Sales were up for a tenth consecutive month suggesting that concerns of an economic slowdown are yet to hit the motoring industry.

Germany saw the biggest increase, with sales up 251.5 per cent on 2007, followed by Ukraine at 151.5 per cent, France at 125.5 per cent and Russia at 95 per cent.

British drivers snapped up 6,166 Nissans last month, up 45 per cent on January last year.

Ireland recorded the smallest rise, with just a ten per cent gain year-on-year.

Nissan has put its success down to new models such as the Qashqai, which has left the company struggling to keep up with demand, and the Tiida, which has been popular in the emerging European economies.

Nissan plans to launch the Tiida in Spain and Portugal next month.

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