Nissan is reporting that the four-millionth Altima has been sold, marking an impressive milestone for the model that has been around since 1992. Altima number four million was also a party to the best single year of sales ever for the nameplate – Nissan broke its 2007 record of 284,762 Altimas sold.

The automaker is using the occasion of the record-breaking Altima to crow a little bit about the impressive stats for the 2013 car, as well. Nissan says that both transaction price and residuals are trending upward compared with Altimas past, and that 25 percent of those that have purchased the 2013 car traded in a Toyota or a Honda to do so.

Certainly the strong Altima sales have helped Nissan's fortunes as a whole, too. By our own reporting the maker's sales were up by nearly 10 percent, year-over-year, in November.
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NISSAN ALTIMA BREAKS U.S. SALES RECORDS IN 2012

- Altima sells 4 millionth unit while making 2012 highest sales year in history of the nameplate –

This month, the 4 millionth Altima was delivered to a U.S. customer, simultaneously pushing the nameplate above the previous 2007 record of 284,762 unit sales.

The 2013 Altima's performance has become increasingly competitive in the mid-size sedan segment. The new Altima transaction price and residual value both have maintained an upward trend compared to previous model years. Nissan's conquest sales show that nearly 25 percent of 2013 Altima buyers are former Toyota or Honda owners, and 11.6 percent traded a premium brand for an Altima.

"Since the first Altima rolled off the line at the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly plant in 1992, the nameplate's reputation for quality and reliability has grown stronger with each new model," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "The 2013 Altima lives up to this standard with its five-star NCAP safety rating, and it adds best-in-class fuel economy as well as class-leading style and content."

The 2013 Altima, which is the brand's leading seller, has been on sale since August, is manufactured in Nissan's manufacturing plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and in Canton, Miss., which employ about 12,000 workers.

Altima was the first in Nissan's product blitz of five vehicles in 15 months, and it boasts a suite of innovative features including a best-in-segment fuel economy of 38 mpg highway (2.5-liter engine). The vehicle delivers distinguished exterior styling with a strong presence and excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior with premium materials and an outstanding balance of ride comfort, stability and handling that makes the car fun to drive. Other exclusives include active under-steer control and convenience features such as "Easy Fill Tire Alert." Altima introduced lane departure warning to the segment. Learn more at www.NissanUSA.com/Altima.


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      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never liked the looks of these cars, and they're everywhere. Generic Japanese Car.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back in the day when the Altima was a compact car and the Maxima was the Camry, Accord fighter all was right with the universe, my how times have changed.
      Andrei
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awkward proportions. It doesn't really invite you to drive it. I only assume that is a reliable car, or it wouldn't have made those numbers.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad they are setting record sales, and taking away sales from more bland competitors not need be mentioned. Although what i'm not thrilled about is the high sales going to rental fleets and high lending risk buyers. The only pattern I have seen though is they are reliable for the first few years, but once you start hitting 70K the reliability drops like a rock. Interior material quality has never been Nissans strong suit though, so I just 'expect' that...good V6 engines and sportier aspirations is what I do expect from them.
      Tweak589
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have they set the record yet for the following common Altima problems? -Complete engine failure -Transmission going out way before list warranty -Cracking interior paneling -Air seal leaks in doors making highway talking impossible I have known a total of 7 Altima owners (any generation beyond 2005+), 3 of which had the same engine failure issues. It's just baffling to me that they can sell this car and it be SO terrible. Sorry Nissan, your records aren't always with success.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
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        amels802
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        Don't forget to add electrical/ignition issues.. I rented a 2013 model with 2k miles last weekend and got stranded for 3 hours. After driving 30 miles and stopping to eat, the push button ignition wouldn't recognize that the brake was being applied. Brake lights wouldn't even turn on
        Tweak589
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        And I might add. The cheap price versus competitors is much lower for the Altima.... The perceived "quality" is the problem here. And likely the reason why sales are numbered so high.
      blasds78
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the current design could grow on me. The CVT never woul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blasds78
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          blasds78
          • 2 Years Ago
          What are you driving that you can't tell the difference between them? I've driven a Dodge Caliber and Nissan's Altima, Rogue, and Sentra. None feel like an automatic except that they're boring. The Altima I drove has power similar to my daily driver, a Jetta 2.5. The Jetta has a 6-speed automatic, and it feels NOTHING like a CVT. I know - Altimas have different weight and the CVT has different ratios and so on. The feel of the acceleration of the Altima, whether from stop or at speed, just never grew on me. That was over 1,600 miles of vacation driving.
          blasds78
          • 2 Years Ago
          "No one can tell the difference" Not so. My experience with the aforementioned Rogue is when my mother sought a replacement for her Subaru. One test drive...one-tenth of a mile. She immediately asked what was wrong with the car and pulled over. The dealer fumbled to explain how CVTs differ from automatics. He extolled the MPG virtues. She finished the drive, and walked away. She liked all the other aspects of the Rogue, but couldn't stop commenting about "the way it drove". She attributed that to the CVT.
        blasds78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @blasds78
        Would. (Let us edit our own comments!)
      pynch0n
      • 2 Years Ago
      to each his own, of course, but to me this car is ugly as sin. i don't know why anybody would even consider this car considering the competition like the mazda 6 and the honda accord, not to mention the gorgeous ford fusion even despite its recent problems.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pynch0n
        Did you just say that Accord is better looking that this? Have you seen the Accord?
      md_stew
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the new Altima. I just hate the CVT, thats a deal breaker for me. Put a 6 speed on that V6 and Im sold!
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats alot of rental cars!
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      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you told me that was the Nissan Maxima, I would have believed it all day. If you then showed me a picture of the real Maxima, I would not have known you showed me two different cars. Do they not notice this at Nissan? Is this on purpose?
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        get your eyes checked than back to the Altima, best car in it's clss IMO - forget the CVT most people have no clue what a CVT or Auto is, and as sales ahve shown barely anyone cares that such a thing as Manual existed .. for those of us that want a sport cat you can go right to the infiniti dealer and get a G37, proper manual with the correct wheels being driven. if you gonna settle for a FWD, might as well go CVT since the car sucks anyways...only Acura did the FWD right with the RSX and 2004 TL and TSX and even that FWD still sucks
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        The Altima measure longer than the Maxima so it's easy to mistake.
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      12 bucks an hour, and 5 years until considered a full time employee in a nissan plant. Why people would support a company like this is beyond me. Japanese take advantage of desperate southerners, and build cars with temp workers. Is this the kind of manufacturing future we want for America?
        Inteli7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        are you kidding me? When American companies are moving most production out of the country ...the way Nissan does business is very smart, the the wages that they pay are very competitive . you cant Just look at pay but you must look at the cost of living in the area.
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