• Mar 11th 2011 at 2:50PM
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2011 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery

Okay, let's revisit those Nissan Leaf versus Chevy Volt sales figures one more time. Earlier this month, we reported that the scorecard for U.S. sales of these two vehicles looked like this:
  • Leaf: 173
  • Volt: 928
However, the Nissan Leaf, unlike the Volt, is currently sold in countries besides the U.S. So, let's compare the worldwide sales of both of these plug-in vehicles:
  • Leaf: 3,657
  • Volt: 928
By the end of February, Nissan had tallied 3,484 Leaf sales in Japan, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA) and 173 here in the States. The Volt, on the other hand, racked up 928 sales in the U.S. and, to the best of our knowledge, zero outside of this country. Now, those global numbers put the sales figures for these two vehicles into a decidedly different light, with the Leaf outselling the Volt nearly four-to-one. Hat tip to evnow!




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      • 4 Years Ago
      So, overall, the world sales of the Leaf over the Volt are 4:1.

      Yet in America, the Volt sells 4:1 over the Leaf.

      I think this perfectly illustrates just how many Americans have "range anxiety" and are choosing the Volt, versus the rest of the world.

      A lot of destinations in America are more "spread out" than Europe or Asia, and for a lot of people, a 100-mile per day range = no sale.
        • 8 Months Ago
        "I have no idea what the current inventories are for either model..."

        Because the LEAF is on a by-order-only basis, rather than the typical dealer allocation model, there is no dealer inventory unless someone backs out on their order. So only a handful are in dealer inventory nationwide.

        The Volt is allocated to dealers. According to Cars.com, there are at least 289 Volts (not quite 1/3 of production) on dealer lots up for grabs:
        http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?stkTyp=N&AmbMkNm=Chevrolet&AmbMdNm=Volt&AmbMkId=20053&AmbMdId=35025&enableSeo=1&cpo=&mkId=20053&mdId=35025&minp=0&prMx=&rd=100000&zc=64155&alMkId=20053&alMdId=35025&searchSource=TRAIL_HEAD
        • 8 Months Ago
        "Japan and Europe will always be ahead on this because they really don't have to travel so far.."

        ¿¿¿¿????

        I do 60 miles per day to work.
        On holidays 400 miles frorm Madrid to Cadiz.

        And in Europe Chevrolet Volt will cost $56700. Toyota Prius cost $29700. So Volt is only for US.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I think America's design has a lot to do with it..

        Japan is really dense. If you wanted to go to the beach from the center of it, the maximum distance you would need to travel, one way is about 25 miles.. lol

        Here we are used to traveling insane amounts of distance just to like.. go shopping, relax, or visit a friend..

        Japan and Europe will always be ahead on this because they really don't have to travel so far..
        • 8 Months Ago
        Wouldn't this only be true if there were Leafs sitting on lots unsold while people waited in line for a Volt? The impression I had was that Leaf sales in the USA are low because deliveries to the USA have been low, nothing to do with demand.
        • 8 Months Ago
        That could be true. I have no idea what the current inventories are for either model...
        • 8 Months Ago
        Although some obviously do high mileage, on average in Europe drivers only do around 9,000 miles per annum, and in Japan around 7,500, as against around 12,000 in the US.
        This is confirmed by the tests of usage patterns in a test of the iMiEV in the UK, where they did around 23 miles per day.
        So for Europe a 25 miles battery pack would cover most folk for day to day use, with only long runs on petrol
        25 miles gets you 9125 miles pa.
        For Japan a 20 mile pack would be similarly good coverage.
        It is more economic though to under-specify as you may not use all the expensive battery that you have paid for every day, so I suspect for Europe 20 miles would be a good solution, and for Japan 15 miles - about what the Prius plug-in offers.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I think this illustrates nothing more than the lack of choice between EREVs and EVs outside the US right now.

        Once both are available in more markets, we can find out more about consumer preferences.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone know if the nissan factory sustained damage from the huge 8.9magnitude earthquake & tsunami that hit japan today? I looked up the leaf factory location and it looks like it is located in the bay just south of Tokyo so it might have escaped the tsunami, but there could still be structural damage from the earthquake.

      My guess is that the earthquake will hamper production for a couple months even if the main factory was spared due to issues with electricity supply, other nearby parts suppliers, injured employees, damage to port facilities(including cranes).
        • 8 Months Ago
        On a sidenote about superior Japanese building code, Autoclave Aerated Concrete (AAC) construction is very popular in Japan. (sold under Ytong, Aircrete, Hebel, Xella, etc.) It doesn't burn and is very strong and solid per unit of weight, making it ideal for densly populated, earthquake-prone places like Japan. It is also very popular in European cities with strict fire codes-- I saw more when I was walking through an OBI in Prague than lumber last fall. If I ever get the opportunity to build my own house, that would be what I plan on using. However, in America people tend to prefer large, cheaply-built stick buildings with expensive finishes, so it is kind of hard to find here.

        http://www.hebel.co.nz/about/earthquake.php
        • 8 Months Ago
        I doubt even Nissan know yet how much damage has been done. Building standards seem to have been so good that in the Tokyo area minimal damage has occurred considering the magnitude of the quake. As you say though production is likely to be hit, perhaps fairly hard, by electricity supply difficulties and so on.
        Around a quarter of Japan's nuclear plants are off-line, and they provide a substantial part of Japan's electricity, although real damage seems to have only happened in about 3 of them which had flood damage, but I may have missed reports.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Japanese building standards in action:
        http://dvice.com/archives/2011/03/incredible-japa.php

        Absolutely amazing footage of skyscrapers swaying, but still standing, under the force of the quake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, my gosh! Like, that's a TOTALLY cool headline!

      So like, we're like these web bloggers who think we're journalists...and basically, ya know, we just pass on press releases and what not.

      So like, it's not important to like, SPELL or anything, or like use the word "like" in a headline because that would be, like, ya know, so professional and all that.

      OMG!...so anyway...we'd rather give off this impression that we're so, ya know..hip and totally, valley girl so we can say like, "like" and it's sound like, so COOL!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, these numbers are meaningless until both products are unconstrained by supply. I suspect Nissan would dominate though if for no other reason than it is the much cheaper car. The two cars are not at all equals. They are both cool cars but they address different market segments.

      It will be more interesting when there are some close matches (and supply is unconstrained).
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally meaningless. Apples to oranges again. You can't buy what you can't find. What I have been saying all along is still true. You can't just go down to the dealer and drive any of these home yet. Tons of hype, but where's the product? Maybe by the end of the year, we'll see.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think both will be successful and hopefully this will slow down the people who love to jump on the hate the Leaf bandwagon...at least for a day or two LOL

        • 8 Months Ago
        I think you underestimate the power of the hate. Remember, a goodly portion of the people who have a hate on for the Leaf are also the sort of people that think a Honda Civic is a gutless Japanese weeniemobile that only fruitcake city slickers drive.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I think the Leaf will do very well in some locations.

        I think the Volt (in it's current form) will struggle. It's just too expensive and I don't think GM can bring the price down enough. For the Volt to sell in volume it needs to be comfortably under $30,000 -- after the tax credits go away.


        IMHO-
        The Plug in prius will be about $27k.

        The Leaf will settle in around $25k.

        The Volt will struggle to get down to $35k .. . and that's too much.

        /look for some major changes with the Volt 2.0.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The VOLT is and will prevail over the leaf. NONE, I mean ZERO praticality in a vehicle with a 100 mile travel radius before charging, you may as well buy a moped and add a few seats to it. Not to mention the technology, looks, workmanship, etc. behind the VOLT as compared to the leaf. Prices will drop on the VOLT, as with any new technical product on the market, prices began high, then come down, and the VOLT is as new of a technical product as you can find.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Don't forget to add on the Nissan LEAF deliveries in Europe...
        • 8 Months Ago
        UK started receiving shipments last month.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Europe is still waiting, only in Portugal the car is already sold. Ireland will follow after St Patrick’s Day (green car on the green day...), other countries later in 2011.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How much does it cost Nissan to pass EPA pollution standards.
      Like nothing right?
      That should be a big saving, yo?
      Anybody got any info?
      • 8 Months Ago
      What a joke !!!!! Someone mentioned the VOLTS that are on EBAY.......These are GM dealers advertising them, NOT people wanting to get rid of them !!!! Unfrickin believable
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not to bust any of your bubbles but the total of 1101 cars sold is not real exciting. If anything it shows the weakness and lack of real demand for electric only cars. I have a hybrid escape and its technology is a good blend of funtionality and efficiency. If your goal is to be the 'greenest' don't buy the import as it takes copious amounts of fuel to transport it so you can show your friends how green you are. The volt is a novelty act and will not be considered an innovative product in 10 years. Hybrids, natural gas and clean diesel are the way to go. By the way if we are worried about oil rich dictatorships we should drill now in our own country and give a real tax credit to hybrid technology as it is viable, desirable and functional on larger more family oriented vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy pointless comparisons, Batman!
        • 8 Months Ago
        Exactly. Isn't this splendid? A few months after "green" vehicles become a ubiquitous part of American culture (not just a single-manufacturer niche product), we already have cheerleading from the press.

        I guess the haters need something to hate. Hybrids were cool, but serial hybrids are a sham. I have a strange feeling they will cheerlead the plug-in Prius when it finally arrives. What gives? People hated GM for cancelling the EV1 and selling millions of "Yank Tanks". They produce a world class hybrid, but people still cheerlead foreign, imported vehicles.

        Goes to show you that much of the "green angst" in the press is more about ego and control fetishes than it is about technology and American economic growth.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It answers: 'Where are all the Leafs if Nissan has really managed to increaser production?'
        The answer is Japan.
        BTW, there are no substantial Leaf sales in Europe yet to be added in.
        The first one was delivered to a guy in Portugal on 6th March.
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