Buyers across the globe have spoken and have made the Nissan X-Trail the most popular SUV in the world.
According to initial new vehicle sales statistics for 2016, the Nissan X-Trail was the fifth most popular vehicle in the world last year.
The statistics, which were supplied by the international automotive consultancy, Jato Dynamics, records that 766 729 people took ownership of a new X-Trail last year in its data base of 52 countries.
It notes that while most markets performed well, Nissan was particularly popular in Europe, China and the USA, where the X-Trail is known as the Nissan Rogue.
According to Nissan’s internal records more than 795 000 X-Trail/Rogues were sold in 2016 across all the countries where the model is on sale.
In analysing the global vehicle sales, Jato Dynamics has singled out Nissan for being “well ahead of the curve” in preparing for a market in which SUVs are the most popular body shape. In 2016, SUVs of all sizes represented 28.8% or 24.2 million vehicles of the global market of 84.24 million vehicles.
Jato Dynamics also reports that while SUVs have become the most popular vehicle type, the X-Trail is one of two SUVs, which have both grown even faster than the segment as a whole and faster than the global average in vehicle sales.
Nissan has redefined its range of SUVs with the first introduction of the Qashqai crossover, the Juke and later iterations of the X-Trail. These models have combined the best of Nissan’s comprehensive passenger and performance vehicle portfolio, while offering the space, commanding driving position and utility of an SUV.
Nissan’s Global Chief Product Specialist for X-Trail, Hirofumi Yojo, commented: “
“Nissan pioneered the crossover segment and X-Trail is our flagship vehicle in this increasingly popular and competitive part of the market. X-Trail stands out from the crowd through its unmatched combination of striking crossover styling and practicality, engaging driving dynamics and wealth of technological and premium features,”
In South Africa, the Nissan X-Trail continues to be one of the most popular SUVs in its segment and the market overall. In 2016, 3 747 new X-Trail models were sold and it is one of Nissan’s most popular export products to the African continent.
The X-Trail first entered the global market in 2000 and it has since been a perennial best-seller for the group. The second generation, which was launched globally in 2007, cemented its popularity, but it was the third and current generation, which rapidly accelerated this model’s success and has made it the world’s most-loved SUV.
This version of the Nissan X-Trail was launched globally in 2013 and landed on local shores in 2014. This model introduced a range of new engines and technologies, as well as the new Nissan design language that can also be seen on other models such as the Nissan Qashqai.