A few of you may need learn our first-drive review of the subcompact Nissan Kicks out of straightforward curiosity, figuring out that the vehicle would by no means discover its means into your driveway. And that’s fantastic.
For myself and others, the Kicks holds extra curiosity merely due to what it’s — a light-weight, unpretentious, fuel environment friendly addition to the crossover area with a really low beginning price. Low sufficient to function an efficient various to thrifty compact or subcompact car consumers. North of the border, that entry price ($17,998, eight bucks greater than U.S. MSRP) is 4 grand lower than a base, entrance-drive, three-cylinder Ford EcoSport. In the States, it’s two grand much less.
With the entrance-drive-solely Kicks now out there in each nations, its gross sales efficiency might be fascinating to watch. Truly, it already is.
The primary U.S. Kicks gross sales confirmed up on Nissan’s ledger in June — 563 of them. Simply how excessive the mannequin’s quantity will attain in the coming months stays to be seen; take into account that Nissan bought over 37,000 Rogues and almost 27,000 Altimas final month.
In Canada nevertheless, the Kicks appears to have gotten an earlier begin. Nissan Canada recorded six Kicks gross sales in Might, maybe on the final promoting day of the month, however it’s June’s efficiency that gave your writer pause. When it debuted, I surmised that this mannequin would, in lots of instances, swing low-finish Nissan consumers from a car to a crossover. We’re extra closely taxed up right here, and fuel costs are almost double that of the United States. However we love mild trucks simply as a lot as the People, if no more.
In June, the first full month of Kicks gross sales, Nissan Canada unloaded 609 of the little crossovers. For comparability, the automaker additionally bought 612 Altimas, 159 Maximas, 688 Versa Notes, 618 Pathfinders, 377 Frontiers, and 684 Titans final month. Whereas one month isn’t a lot to go on, it’s amusing to see the Kicks strategy the EcoSport’s quantity so shortly (the EcoSport went on sale at the starting of the yr, promoting 641 models in Canada in Might. June figures stay unavailable).
What number of C-HRs did Toyota Canada promote in June? 679. Different Japanese subcompact rivals had a greater month, as each the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-three posted numbers properly in extra of 1,000 models. Once more, it stays to be seen if the Kicks’ discount proposition earns it a spot in the higher echelon of the phase, particularly in a market the place obtainable all-wheel drive is the norm, and with good purpose. For would-be Versa and Sentra consumers, nevertheless, that lacking rear differential won’t matter in the least.
– As Sales Start, the Nissan Kicks Will Be an Interesting Vehicle to Watch –
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