• May 3, 2011
Last month we tallied the cumulative North American sales of both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, and it's time to check those numbers again. While neither vehicle is selling like hotcakes, April's numbers show that one of the two electric autos is inching up the sales chart, while the other has slipped a bit.

The Leaf sold 573 units in April versus the Volt's 493. Compared to March's results, which had Leaf sales at 298 and Volt sales at 608, Nissan's electric hatch has gained some ground, while Chevy's plug-in lost some traction.

The latest cumulative U.S. sales totals for the plug-in duo, since launching in late 2010, has the Volt leading the pack with 2,029 units sold, while the Leaf comes in at 1,044. Year-to-date, Volt sales stand at 1,703, while Nissan says Leaf production had, as of April 15th, hit nearly 8,000.

Nissan's presser on Leaf sales is posted after the jump and a detailed look at GM's numbers are available here (PDF warning).

[Source: Nissan, General Motors]
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA REPORTS APRIL SALES INCREASE OF 12.2%

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported April U.S. sales of 71,526 units versus 63,769 units a year earlier, an increase of 12.2 percent. Nissan Division sales were up 14.5 percent for the month at 64,765 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 6.2 percent from the prior year, to 6,761 units.

For 2011, NNA sales have increased 22.2 percent to 356,884 units. Nissan Division deliveries are up 23.4 percent to 322,287. Infiniti sales have increased 11.9 percent to 34,597 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

* Nissan vehicles posted April sales of 64,765 units, an increase of 14.5 percent over 56,558 units sold in April 2010.
* In 2011, Nissan sales are up 23.4 percent to 322,287 units.
* Nissan Rogue set an April record, with sales of 8,432 units up 28.1 percent over the prior year.
* Nissan Sentra sales increased 42.2 percent over last year, with sales of 9,367 units.
* Nissan GT-R sales increased 143.4 percent to 258 units, setting a new April record.
* Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle posted sales of 573 units, for a total of 1,044 units in the United States since its December launch.

"Nissan took advantage of consumer shifts due to rising fuel prices, resulting in strong increases for fuel-efficient models like Sentra, Altima and Rogue," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "The addition of innovative, all-new vehicles like Nissan LEAF, Juke, Quest and NV are strengthening our lineup and bringing new buyers to Nissan showrooms."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

* Infiniti today reported sales of 6,761 units in April, down 6.2 percent versus 7,211 units a year earlier.
* The Infiniti QX had sales of 976 units, an increase of 73.7 percent over prior year, marking the full-size luxury SUV's best April since 2005.
* The Infiniti G Sedan had sales of 2,588 units in April, pushing its year-to-date sales up 21.1 percent.
* With sales of 1,267, the Infiniti G Coupe had a slight increase over the prior year.
* For 2011, Infiniti has delivered 34,597 vehicles, an increase of 11.9 percent over the prior year.

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. April 2011 had 27 selling days, while April 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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      chickenflauta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, but with such low volumes how much is this data really telling us? Is this more about supply? I don't know if these are really consumer driven trends. However, I can't help but feel GM might be a little behind on its targets from some of the numbers we've heard.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        chickenflauta, the Volt is way behind in sales. GM claims they can't build enough but if you look on autotrader there are hundreds available for sale. The car is overpriced by almost $20K and that's what's causing the low sales numbers.
          Danaon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          No, production constraints are the problem. Volts aren't sitting on dealer lots, they're sold before they even get to the dealership still. My friend was trying to lease one and was told he'd be looking at at least a 6 month wait. They're ramping production up slowly. They're aiming for 10k sales this year, and they're up to making 800 a month. If they even ramp it up to 2000 units a month they'll hit that target easily.
          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          GM claims that but the hundreds sitting on dealer lots on autotrader.com proves otherwise.
        tigersharkjr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        I dont think so. It seems to me that they should be on target to sell somewhere around ten thousand within a year of releasing the Volt. I went to Cerritos Chev, and they didnt have any in stock. Heck, ive only been able to see a demo of them actually, everytime i go to the dealerhip the one they had available for sale was gone.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To put those numbers in perspective, for the month of March, Ford sold 53,272 F-Series trucks while Gm sold 32,555 Silverados and 11,622 Sierras. These plug-in and hybrid vehicles are great, but if one truly wants to help the environment, reduce our dependance on domestic and foreign oil, ect we need to improve the efficiency of the vehicles people are actually buying. Lets face it, someone that has been buying and driving full size pickups for 40 years isn't likely to step down to a Leaf or Volt unless they're utterly forced into it.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        True but you have to start somewhere. If GM is losing money on every Volt sold them I'm sure they wouldnt want to lose money on 40,000+ full size trucks. The technology will get cheaper and better and eventually make it into more practical applications
      • 3 Years Ago
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        spoop
        • 3 Years Ago
        The most fuel efficient speed in my car is ~50, suck on that.
      mac102751
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Chevy Volt is practical like a Prius. The leaf is much more limited.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me when they're selling 100k a year.
      Volt Fan Site
      • 3 Years Ago
      How cool. I would have thought the Volt would have sold more the Leaf. Great news that both are selling. I have gone 1,800 miles on 6.1 gallons of gas. Follow my Volt at http://voltfansite.com
      hudkina
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must have missed Autoblog's post on how the Cruze outsold the Corolla in April? Oh wait, Autoblog only posts articles about how terrible GM is...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      hudkina
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must have missed Autoblog's article about how the Cruze outsold the Corolla (not to mention the Elantra) in April. Oh wait... Autoblog only posts about how terrible GM is...
        Alluster83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        The Cruze not only outsold the Corolla, it also sells at an average transaction price of 3000$ more than the corolla and 2000$ more than the civic. GM has a hit on its hands. With looming supply issues at Toyota, if GM can get more people, who would never consider domestic to try the Cruze, this could become a trend!! http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/555168/Cruising-to-the-top.html Good to see the Malibu selling 25K units, nipping away on Camry and Accord sales. The Malibu is slowly gaining in the retail sector and once more people start trying it, it will soon be a major player in the mid size segment. Note: Corolla numbers include the Matrix. If GM includes HHR sales (6,222) to the cruze, then they might actually outsell them consistently
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM only sold 500 because they sent an extra 300 to dealers as demo vehicles (ie not for sale). They're up to producing 800 a month. I live near Austin (one of the launch markets for the Volt) and none of the dealers have any unsold allocation so far.
      tHeWasTeDYouTh
      • 3 Years Ago
      you guys remember when that house burned down and the media said is was maybe because of the Chevy Volt they had that must have hurt a lot, damn Nissan even with the earthquake I thought now GM could kick ass wrong!!!
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