Fleet car sales for Nissan up

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NISSAN’S Sunderland plant has strengthened the Japanese car maker’s hold on the UK business market – and the new all-electric Leaf is beginning to clock up fleet orders.

The strong performance of Nissan’s Wearside-built models among company car drivers has seen fleet sales increase by nine per cent in the first 10 months of this year.

Up until the end of October, Nissan sold 43,918 cars, giving the firm a five per cent share of the UK fleet market.

The Qashqai is Nissan’s best fleet seller, shifting 19,309 cars so far this year.

The Juke has more than doubled its fleet sales year-on-year, with sales of 8,965 units.

With Qashqai+2 and Note sales of 4,965 and 6,005 units respectively, 89 per cent of Nissan’s fleet volume is built in the UK.

Fleet sales of the firm’s 100 per cent electric Leaf, which goes into production at the Sunderland plant next year, have more than doubled in 2012 to 458.

“It’s good to see our British-built products are proving a winner with company car drivers,” said Barry Beeston, Nissan’s fleet sales director.

“Qashqai keeps going from strength to strength, with residuals remaining strong and we are seeing Leaf gain momentum in the corporate sector.

“Overall, it is a strong performance and one to build on further going into 2013.”