View Full Version : Nissan puts a car in the Top Ten Best Selling cars

05-05-2004, 12:15 PM
So far this year the Altima is ranked 9th according to MSN Auto. Last time I saw a Nissan in this space was the Altima's Father the Stanza in the early 90's
1.Ford F-Series

2.Chevrolet Silverado

3.Dodge Ram

4.Toyota Camry / Camry Solara

5.Honda Accord

6.Honda Civic

7.Chevrolet Impala

8.Ford Taurus

9.Nissan Altima

10.Ford Explorer

Here is the MSN Article (http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4021893&src=NRES_Jump)

05-05-2004, 12:57 PM
I actually don't like this one bit! Nissan has either unaffordable cars or mass-market machines. But then again, the whole point was to sell as many Altimas as they can, Maxima nameplate be damned (the Altima is as big or bigger than the Maxima and almost as real-world powerful, right)!
Sure, the Maxima offers more amentities, an upscaled image, and perhaps better driving dynamics, but when Accord or Altima V6 can whip it, who cares?

Summarizing my Rant: Quality > Quantity

In other news... The Stanza hit the charts that high? Wow. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/ooo.gif You don't see that many around here. Are you telling me that the world's Stanzas, Maximas, Cressidas, and the like are all on retirement down south? Man I gotta take a trip-tima. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

I was gonna make a smartass remark about "oh they all rusted through, so they're not around anymore" but I decided not to offend anyone's sensibilities. Stanzas are cool, wedgy-looking cars and I've found comments in Car Nazis & Driver insinuating that anyone who bought a 1992 Stanza was an idiot and persona non grata at the editorial offices. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/rolleyes1.gif

A guy I knew last summer dumped his beater Stanza (man that car had a lot of wear and tear, he drove it a lot) for a 2003 Sentra. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/blush.gif A lot of people wanting to get out of older Camrys, Accords, and Stanzas-Altimas find that Corollas, Civics, and Sentras are actually pretty big as well in physical size and price tag. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/ooo.gif http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

05-05-2004, 07:03 PM
would love to see the results of sales of the american cars NOT to the rental fleets.

05-05-2004, 07:49 PM
would love to see the results of sales of the american cars NOT to the rental fleets.

AND minus employee/supplier [discounted] sales too, right?
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05-05-2004, 09:10 PM
Summarizing my Rant: Quality > Quantity

The 05 Altima seems to be getting good reviews for it's new interior. Seems like Nissan has addressed the issue of quality.

05-06-2004, 09:12 AM
All I can say is it's about time.

The Altima is a great bread and butter car. I am proud of it.

05-17-2004, 03:19 PM
When Asian brands offered more sporty two doors that they are "Supposed to make", they tanked. Celicas are down so low, why do they bother? Acura may be known for the Integras, but in reality their 4 doors and SUV's bring home the bacon.

Also, the Altima is being made in two plants now, so they can get more units. Maxima is being positioned as a near luxury car, instead of mass market.

In order for a car company to exist, they have to make money, and sell mass makret cars. We are not talking about luxury makes, so don't go there. They can't just cater to only the used car buying 2 door tuners.


The Sentra was once in the top 10 back in the 80's.

05-17-2004, 03:23 PM
The Sentra was once in the top 10 back in the 80's.

And then the price went up and Nissan let the car get boring. oops.

05-31-2004, 07:04 PM
That's interesting. The figures at http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2004/05/05/193340.html place the Altima at #13.

06-01-2004, 06:56 PM
January through March 2004
9 Nissan Altima --- 63,029

January through April 2004
13 Nissan Altima --- 78,625