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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Hi Folks,

I was flicking through the July edition of Overlander mag last night and noted with some satisfaction, how well the Exy stacked up (especially as an off roader) against the Outlander and new Forrester, in a 3 way test they did.

What did surprise me was how the T31 has dropped in sales. In April 08, 757 X Trails were sold nation wide. This is a big drop from the average 1100 per month for the T30 (and the T31 when first launched). I wonder if people are holding off for the Diesel? Surely not that many? Sales of the Forrester, RAV 4 and even the Outlander were up on the Exy. How odd? Especially seeing how well the T31 has rated in tests. Sales of the other "soft roader champ", the CRV are dropping even more dramatically, but it is virtually a bitumen only proposition now....unlike the Exy which is even more off road capable than before.

Any theories?

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Yes, I was told exactly the same thing about lack of sales of the T31 and this could possibly be caused by 3 things:

1. Existing T30 owners are still happy with their T30 models and not upgrading to the T31. I believe Nissan was hugely targeting this segment of the market and hoping that nearly all of the T30 owners would upgrade.

2. The majority of T30 owners and having experienced the off-road fun with the xtrail for the first time, have decided to upgrade to a full time 4WD vehicle which offers a more serious off-road capability.

3. The introduction of the diesel T31 which was somewhat un-timely and poorly planned by Nissan Australia. They should have either launched the entire T31 range (petrol and diesel) at exactly the same time or delayed bringing in the T31 diesel until the sales figures for the petrol models stabilized a bit more and the T31 proved itself a bit in the Australian market.

What will follow as a result of the introduction of the diesel T31 at this time could well possibly force Nissan to drop the price or do some sort of special deals to help boost the sales figures for their existing petrol T31 range. This could potentially be negatively reflected on the resale value of brand new T31 models in the market as a result of this poor planning.

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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As usual Jalal, I reckon you're right on the money. I saw new ST T31's advertised for $29,990 drive away this week. That's a few thousand down on the original list price and comparable with the run out price for the T30 ST.

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Date Registered: 10-2005
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Uhmm, the state of the economy? People can't get credit so easily now.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Even though the sales figures of the X-Trail's main competitors might be higher than that of the X-Trail, have their sales also declined from previously? I'd take a guess that they have, and the consequences of the "interest rate rises we had to have" have also impacted the new car sales figures, along with every other market sector they've affected, yet the RBA still believes we're all still spending too much money.


Stepping down from my pedestal now...


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The dip in sales that is being discussed here is relative to all car makes and I believe the article was comparing the current sales figures for the car makers taking into consideration the current economy. This is not relevant to the previous sales figures before the interest rate rise and the like, as every business (not only car makers) got affected by it and it is a fact.

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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I think anecdotally, the compact SUV market has stayed fairly static in terms of monthly sales. Large SUVs, family sixes and V8s have certainly gone backwards relative to previous sales. People are downsizing due to economic pressures.

I was just looking at a comparison of sales within the compact SUV sector for April '08. Rav4 (probably including the V6??) was at 1191, Forrester 1007, Outlander 824, X Trail 757, CRV 578. 12 months ago, the top sellers in the Compact SUV market were selling at about the same rate as they are now (1100 per month) and the Exy was right up there with the CRV and Rav 4. For whatever reason, the CRV and X Trail have dipped, while the RAV has remained static and the Forrester (new model) and Outlander have grown.

Wierd huh???/ emoticon

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