BEIJING -- Nissan Motor Co.'s premium Infiniti brand will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief told Reuters.
Infiniti on Tuesday said global sales reached 20,050 cars in November, a rise of five per cent from the same period a year prior. Sales totaled about 204,000 in January-November, up six percent.
Canada has helped lead the charge in 2016 sales. The luxury brand sold 11,085 vehicles in Canada during the first 11 months of the year, up 6.6 per cent from the same time period in 2015. Infiniti sold 1,130 units in November, up 15.8 per cent from the same month the year before.
The only region that saw a larger sales increase by percentage during the first 11 months of 2016 was western Europe, where Infiniti sold more than 15,200 vehicles, up 143 per cent from the same period last year. It attributed the growth there to the Q30 sedan and QX30 subcompact crossover.
"We don't give forecasts, but you can do the math and figure out we have a record year in the making," Infiniti global head Roland Krueger said in a telephone interview.
Krueger said Infiniti's business around the world is gaining momentum chiefly from new models including the Q60 compact sedan and QX30 subcompact crossover.
"What we will see next year is the full availability of models we launched one-by-one in separate markets this year. It's very important for us that we have a full portfolio available in all markets, and that's going to give us some opportunity [to grow vehicle sales numbers]," Krueger said.
Infiniti sold 12,112 vehicles in the United States in November, a four-per-cent increase from the same period a year earlier. For January-November, U.S. sales reached 120,095 vehicles, a rise of 1.4 per cent.
In China, the brand sold over 4,000 vehicles in November, up six per cent, with January-November sales growing three per cent to nearly 37,000 vehicles.