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Free-falling sales may kill off big SUVs


Americans are falling out of love with large vehicles and two large Nissan SUVs may be the latest victims, US reports say.

Two more large SUVs might bite the dust as sales of big vehicles plummet in the United States and consumers downsize, American reports say.

They suggest Nissan may drop the poor-selling Armada and its Infiniti-badged clone, the QX56.

US sources suggest the new NV2500 van, due to go on sale in 2011, will replace the Armada and QX56 in Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, factory, but it’s unclear whether the full-size SUVs will be built elsewhere or dropped completely.

Both vehicles are in sales doldrums. Armada sales fell a staggering 70.5 percent in November, on top of a 49.1 percent year-to-date fall.

The more upmarket QX56 was less badly hit if those words can describe a 53.3 percent sales drop in November and 33.6 percent for the first 11 months of 2008.

Meanwhile, future versions of Nissan’s US market full-sized Titan pick-up will be built on Ram platforms in a deal struck with Dodge.

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