• Apr 1, 2011
Remember last month, when we tallied up the cumulative North American sales of both the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf? Well, it's been 31 days and that means it's time to check in again. When we did so, we found that, while neither vehicle is breaking sales records, the sales numbers are moving in the right direction. Maybe that's why GM is making the Volt sales numbers a bit easier to find this time around, mentioning in the press release that, "A total of 1,210 Chevrolet Volts have been delivered in 2011, including 608 deliveries in March."

So – drum roll, please – here are the latest U.S. sales totals for the plug-in challengers, since launching late last year:
  • Volt: 1,536
  • Leaf: 471
A few things to keep in mind: 1.) the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan have not yet affected sales numbers, but we may see an impact next month. 2.) Nissan is reserving most Leafs for domestic sales (over 5,000 have been made thus far). 3.) Both companies are selling more now than before. The Leaf sold 298 units in March vs. 67 in February; the Volt moved 608 in March vs. 281 in February.

You can read the both press releases announcing these numbers after the jump.

[Source: GM, Nissan]
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Chevrolet Sales Climb 23 Percent in First Quarter

2011-04-01

* Retail sales for Chevrolet cars increased 42 percent in Q1
* Camaro still America's best-selling sports car, with 19,972 Q1 sales
* Total sales for trucks and crossovers continue to grow: Equinox up 42 percent, Traverse up 30 percent, and Silverado up 28 percent in Q1

DETROIT – Chevrolet posted a total of 148,197 sales in March, an 11 percent increase over the same month a year ago. That number includes an 18 percent gain in retail sales, as Chevrolet's cars, trucks and crossovers continue to attract new customers.

Calendar year to date, Chevrolet has sold 416,505 vehicles, a 23 percent increase in total sales, while retail sales have climbed 37 percent for the year.

"Our first-quarter results show the strength of Chevrolet's portfolio," said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. "We offer compelling vehicles for every customer's needs – from the fuel efficiency of the Chevrolet Cruze Eco to the capability of the Silverado HD, to the iconic performance of the Camaro."

For the first quarter of 2011, total sales of Chevrolet cars are up 16 percent, while sales to individual customers are up 42 percent from a year ago.

The Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu continue to record strong sales, accounting for a total of 98,950 sales – roughly one of every four Chevrolets sold in the first quarter.

The arrival of the new Camaro Convertible in late February has contributed to Camaro's lead as the best-selling sports car in America. To date, a total of 19,972 Camaros have been sold.

A total of 1,210 Chevrolet Volts have been delivered in 2011, including 608 deliveries in March. In addition, approximately half of the 595 participating Volt launch dealers have taken delivery of their demonstration vehicles. These Volts will remain with the dealers for at least six months before being sold, ensuring customers will have the chance to test drive the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

For the first quarter, total sales of Chevrolet's fuel-efficient crossovers climbed 36 percent, while retail sales were up 33 percent from a year ago.

That includes a 30-percent increase for the eight-passenger Chevrolet Traverse and a 42- percent gain for the five-passenger Equinox. Combined, these two vehicles accounted for a total of 69,598 sales this year.

Total sales for Chevrolet trucks and full-size utilities have climbed 25 percent so far in 2011, with retail sales up 35 percent.

Sales of the Silverado line continued to grow, with total sales up 9 percent in March – its fourteenth consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. For 2011, Silverado total sales increased 28 percent, while retail sales are up 37 percent.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

NISSAN NORTH AMERICA REPORTS BEST SALES MONTH IN HISTORY

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported March U.S. sales of 121,141 units versus 95,468 units a year earlier, an increase of 26.9 percent, and a record for any month in the company's history. Nissan Division sales also set a new sales record, up 28.4 percent for the month at 109,854 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles rose 13.5 percent over the prior year, to 11,287 units.

Nissan North America also achieved record market share for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended March 31 with total sales of 965,699 units, up 17.3 percent from FY09's sales of 823,565 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

* Nissan Division posted a record March with 109,854 sales, an increase of 28.4 percent over 85,526 units sold in March 2010. This marks record sales volume for any month in the division's history.
* Nissan Rogue also set an all-time volume record in March, with sales of 14,174 units up 68.8 percent over the prior year.
* Nissan Sentra sales rose 104.7 percent versus last year, with sales of 17,851 units.
* Market reception of the Nissan Juke continues to be enthusiastic, with 4,089 Juke sales posted in March.
* Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle posted sales of 298 units, for a total of 452 units in the United States since its December launch.

"Nissan enjoyed our best month ever, with the foundation of our fuel-efficient vehicles such as Altima, Sentra and Rogue leading the way," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "Despite market conditions, our full lineup of innovative cars, trucks and crossovers helped Nissan achieve this all-time record. Nissan is well-positioned to take advantage of the shifts in the market."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

* Infiniti today reported sales of 11,287 units for March, an increase of 13.5 percent versus 9,942 units a year earlier, marking the 14th straight month of double-digit sales gains for the Infiniti division.
* Infiniti G Line continued to grow, with G Sedan sales up 27.3 percent on sales of 5,119 units, and G Coupe sales increasing 14.5 percent, with sales of 1,890 cars.
* Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury sport utility vehicle set a new March record with sales of 1,355 units, up 30.2 percent.

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. March 2011 had 27 selling days, while March 2010 had 26 selling days.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      What everyone seems to be overlooking is the dramatic jump in sales growth from February. Volt sales were up 116% and Leaf sales up 345%!! That's what I call "Winning!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is proving to be the 21st century's Edsel. GM only managed to sell 608 in March and 1536 since December? They can build 2,000 a month, which means a total of 8,000 units (more actually as they began production before December) and even with fleet sales they are at only 1536?

      Time to pull thge plug (no pun intended) on this car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spence.

        Well said! FT distorts even the clearest of information. His dishonesty is obvious, when proved wrong just keeps shouting the same nonsense over and over.

        Hey! A thought just occurred to me, do you think he and DF might be related? Did someone allow them to breed? or is it just the side-effects of the their medication?

        @ John H,

        Prius is a mass production vehicle that has sold over 2 million car world wide. The model was a pioneer of it's day and like all models will eventually be superseded.

        Lexus have a very strong and profitable world wide sales record for a Prestige premium brand. Lexus is not really designed to sell in huge numbers(although they do) but to be a high end profit earner. It's estimated that Lexus contributes nearly half of Toyota's gross profit!

        Comparing Volt and Lexus is pointless, a better comparison would be with the newly announced Buick Ampera.

        (Oh, I should confess I'm biased, as I have owned three Lexus in succession, starting with a GS 300 and moving to the GS 450h, all great cars!)

        @ Tweeker,

        There is no way Toyota would employ an idiot like FT!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since FT demands to be humiliated, I will oblige him. FT claimed that it was possible to walk into a particular dealership in Long Island and buy a Volt off the lot. He made this claim with no evidence, claiming that a man from Lansing did just that. I called the dealership, found out that this wasn't possible, that there was a wait of almost three months from ordering, and that there were no vehicles for sale on the lot at this dealership. Obviously, the buyer from Michigan had ordered the car months before, contrary to FT's claim.

        In other words, FT just made that shit up. That is a fact established by direct testimony.

        When confronted with his lie, FT wiggled and punted and called people names. He doesn't have the spine to admit he was wrong. He thinks calling me a "Volt fanboy" is a response to his proven lying. He's making that up as well, since I'm a general electric car fanboy but hold no brief for the Volt. I certainly have no direct interest and won't be buying one any time soon. But in FT's world, facts are what he makes them. He is an empty vessel of talk radio level cliches and sad, worn out thought processes. He is a cipher of fact or reason.
        • 3 Years Ago
        'Time to pull thge plug (no pun intended) on this car.'

        Maybe we should wait until it's actually available nationwide for a quarter or two before we scrap it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        FT: So, the Volt which is only available in 5 domestic markets, sells 608 units, and the Lexus HS which is available nationwide sells 230? Shouldn't it be Lexus pulling the plug on the HS?

        So, really whose payroll are you on? You don't really come across as exceptionally stupid, so I'll go with exceptionally dishonest.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Once again, FoolTard posts something stupid.

        608 Volt sales is more than twice as many Lexus 230 HS sales at similar net price point to the customer. If Volt isn't selling, explain how come Toyota can't sell a Lexus at the same price point.

        The occasional novelty fleet sale doesn't characterize the car any more than the various Pious taxis I see plying the streets. I guess the Pious being a taxicab means it's so crap that nobody else would buy them.

        Clearly, based on the Lexus HS underselling the Volt (*and* the Leaf, and the MKZ hybrid, I might add), along with Toyota having to sell their Pious to taxi companies, the only conclusion is that Toyota's hybrid experiment is a total failure.

        Either that, or looking at single points of information and treating non-characteristic anecdotes as data is full of fail.

        How about you make your life (and ours) less full of fail?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you have a life?
        • 3 Years Ago
        HAHA!!! What a liar. FT, how much is Toyota and Nissan paying you to lie about the Volt?
        MTN RANGER
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can't wait to buy one in NC when it's available in Q3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh hey guys! It's so surprising that proven liar FT is first on to spam the Volt. Maybe he's getting paid to do it. Maybe it's some as yet undiagnosed sexual fetish. What we know about FT is that he lied about the Volt previously, was directly caught in the lie and refuted from the source (directly from the people he lied about) and still refused to admit to being a liar. Read the deets in this thread:
        http://green.autoblog.com/2011/01/31/lansing-man-becomes-michigans-first-chevy-volt-owner/

        Remember, FT will always be a proven liar about the Volt. Never mind his stilted prose, stiff, ungainly analogies, and cliche-ridden comments. That all takes a back seat to the flaming pants.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Spence, please enlighten us as to how I have been proven a liar:) Especially since the OPPOSITE is what was proven.

        Sorry to break it to you Volt fanbois but the car is a failure, even with fleet sales they could only move 608 units and that's with a government handout of $7500 (plus more from states) and rising gas prices.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So FT is a DB on Autoblog Green, too?!

        I'm so sorry. =(
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait a year or two, or when there are no more backorder lineups, before drawing conclusions.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting when this 50k volt comes to canada, as the leaf is nearly the same price. Then we'll see some interesting sales numbers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I predict they'll do poorly, not because of price, but because the Leaf's range will drop significantly in the winter, and the Volt's occupants will freeze! Only Volvo and their ethanol-heated C30 EV seems to have a handle on Canadian needs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Think should do fine in the cold - it was developed in Norway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. So Nissan has sold nearly twice as much LEAFs as in all the month before _together_. Chevy on the other side has "only" doubled the Volt sales.

      Or to show this even better:
      Currently there are together 2007 such cars on the roads. Only a month ago there were only 1101.
      krn0961
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure how many Volts GM is able to build, but per Automotive News, they have only built 1835 since the beginning of the year. They publish production numbers every week. For the week of 3/21, they built 174. In March they built 631. Chevy built more Corvettes in the same time period.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @krn0961
        GM has the ability to build several thousand Volts a month, but they have chosen to slowly ramp up production to ensure consistent quality. I think that's pretty smart considering how new the technology is. I think the 608 sales are pretty good considering that the Volt is only available in limited markets for now.
          chapython
          • 3 Years Ago
          Or, is GM building so few of them due to the lack of demand. When you run the numbers, neither are cost effective. The volt more so. The more you drive the volt per trip, the more gasoline it uses to power the generator to produce electricity to power the engine, thus the less cost effective it is.
      electronx16
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's clear that the Volt beats the Leaf on numbers delivered to customers, but Nissan does have 8000 leafs on back order, so it seems rather pointless to suggest the Volt is actually outselling the Leaf.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The question for FT: Why are you so intent on the failure of the Volt? Because you are employed by Toyota?

      For ABG: Why don't you also report on units delivered to dealers when you do these reports?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah. He's scared because even the long-established Lexus HS (230 in March) can't manage to compete with the Leaf (298), much less the Volt (608).

        Still, I'd be amused to see how he explains how the Lexus HS sales seems to be so much worse than the Volt or the Leaf.
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