Nissan Europe has reported a 4% increase in sales to 35,502 vehicles in February as total industry sales remained flat during the month.

The company said that, in general, western European volumes were higher than last year as scrapping incentives continue to have an affect. Eastern Europe countries, however, continued to struggle for sales.

Nissan said the largest market fall was in Germany where total industry sales were 29% lower than in February last year. The country’s scrappage incentive scheme ended last October.

Sales chief Bernard Loire said European market share in February was healthy at 2.9% and customer demand for core models remained.

He added: “We have healthy order banks going into the important month of March.”

The automaker’s top selling model in February was the UK-built Qashqai crossover at 13,816 units, up 6% year on year. The outgoing Micra, also built in England, sold just under 6,000 units, an increase of 44%.