In a surprising turn of events, the Nissan Altima now appears to be America’s best-selling sedan. With a total of 32,289 Altimas sold during the month of March, the long-time rival of mainstays like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord secured a huge win for Nissan.
Nissan as a whole also came out ahead in March, posting sales of 121,141 vehicles versus 95,468 the same month last year. That’s an increase of 28.4 percent, and it also means Nissan held 8.8-percent total market share that month—a milestone in itself. This dramatic increase is just one of many of Nissan’s achievements this past March, which also saw the Rogue gaining 68.8 percent in sales over the same month last year, as well as the Sentra gaining 104.7 percent.
Nissan continues to shatter its sales goals in this record-setting Q1 of 2011 and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. With the Altima finally able to lay claim to the title of best-selling sedan in America, perhaps the competition for best Japanese mid-size sedan will no longer be a two-car race.