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In the battle for plug-in vehicle sales supremacy, the electric-only Nissan Leaf has emerged on top for the month of June, beating the Chevrolet Volt for three consecutive months (April, May and June).

Nissan
is proud to make known that it sold 1,708 Leafs in the U.S. in June, a sizable increase over the 1,142 electric hatchbacks the Japanese automaker sold in May and nearly three times the 573 Leafs sold in April. Overall, 2011 sales of the Leaf now total 3,875 in the U.S., compared to 2,745 Chevy Volts.

On the flip side, General Motors has announced that U.S. sales of the plug-in hybrid Volt rang in at 561 in June. If you recall, back in early March, GM told us that a decline in Volt sales was imminent due to the automaker shipping some 300 Volts to dealers to use as demo vehicles. That's why Volt sales slipped from 608 in March to 493 in April. This time 'round – despite extensive retooling at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant – sales of the Volt in June increased by 80 units, compared to the 481 The General sold in May.

Notice a trend? Will the Leaf retain its spot as the U.S.' best-selling plug-in vehicle for the month of July? Or will it be the Volt that rises back to the top? We reckon that, come this time next month, the Leaf will still reign supreme. What's your guess?

[Source: Nissan, General Motors]
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA REPORTS SALES UP 11.4% IN JUNE

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported June U.S. sales of 71,941 units versus 64,570 units a year earlier, an increase of 11.4 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 16.7 percent for the month at 65,659 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 24.3 percent from the prior year, to 6,282 units.

For 2011, NNA sales have increased 14.7 percent to 504,973 units. Nissan Division deliveries are up 16.5 percent, while Infiniti sales are flat in the first half of the calendar year, against the same period in 2010.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Nissan vehicles posted June sales of 65,659 units, an increase of 16.7 percent over the 56,266 units sold in June 2010.

Sales of the Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle reached a new high, with 1,708 units delivered in June, for a total of 3,875 deliveries in 2011.

Nissan Rogue set a new June record, at 7,493 units.

Nissan Sentra sales increased 30.5 percent over a year ago, with 8,077 deliveries.
Deliveries of the Nissan Frontier increased 51.7 percent over June 2010.

"Nissan saw substantial growth for both our car and truck lineups over a year ago," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "Deliveries of the Nissan LEAF topped 1,700 units, our best ever month, as we focus on fulfilling the demand of an enthusiastic and growing group of consumers eager to make the switch to a 100-percent electric car."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

Infiniti today reported sales of 6,282 units in June, down 24.3 percent versus 8,304 units a year earlier, due to limited supply. Full production has resumed in Japan and more than 10,000 new Infiniti units are expected to arrive at Infiniti retailers in July.
Sales of the new Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV increased 27.5 percent in June to 839 units, while its year-to-date sales of 5,633 are up 27.0 percent
Infiniti G Sedan sales of 2,641 for the month supported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase for that model.

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. June 2011 had 26 selling days, while June 2010 had 25 selling days.

About Nissan Americas
In the Americas, 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 and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information, including photos and video b-roll, on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.


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      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "production capacity" excuse for the volt is long past the sell-by date. Nissan ramped up the Leaf production and is even keeping up despite 1/8 of Japan being knocked off line (and remaining pretty much so to this day). GM never really wanted to sell a proper electric car. It isn't in any hurry to even sell the half a$$ed Volt. It will write off the Volt as a failure and use the false excuse that there was too little demand so "electric cars won't work"...Despite the fact that they watered it down; weighed it down; over-inflated the price; gave its dealers free reign to screw what few buyers would be interested; and didn't prepare production for much demand as they pretty much expected there to be very little in the first place. Hmmm... That sounds familiar... Almost like a certain other electric drive GM vehicle... What'll they do, a recall-and-crush with compensation?
        Woody Becker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fly by wireless
        Please, exactly how many electric vehicles have you owned? Seems to me that you are a hater....too bad, I get to see a lot of Chevy Volts running around the Tech center and surrounding countryside.
        Ziv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fly by wireless
        Fly by, you do know that Hamtramck is closed for re-tooling, don't you? They built just 4,000 Volts on a line that was building three different kinds of vehicles from December to mid-June. Now they are going to start building more Volts per month starting in August, and the real question is, will GM be able to sell 2500 Volts a month? I bet they will for the first 5 or 6 months as the early adopters get theirs. I have driven a couple Volts and they are very impressive, but the MSRP will have to come down below the current $39,990 for the MY 2012 Volt. As of last month, the Volt sells in the second fastest amount of time on the lot out of every car sold in America. (Prius is first with around 14 day avg time to sell vs. Volt's 16 days, including demos that don't leave the lot) Regardless of the fan boy aspect of all this, whether you are a Prius fan, a Leaf fan or a Volt fan, the choices we have today are phenomenal and point to a really interesting couple years coming up!
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      The volt is a complete failure. GM will have to cancel it soon.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        I agree 100%. I think it's funny that when some conservative talking hosts were commenting that they were against the $7500 tax bailout for the Volt and the car would be a sales failure all the left wing nutjobs lambasted them. But they were right, Americans don't want to buy a $42K Cobalt not even at $33,500.
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM temporarily closed the Hamtramck plant 2 weeks ago, no Volts are being built until they finish re-tooling and start selling the 2012 MY Volt around August 1st. Once they re-tool they will be building substantially more Volts per month, the question is though, will they be able to sell them all after the early adopters get theirs. If they don't reduce the MSRP, I am not sure they will be able to do so. Toyota looked like they were falling behind on EREV's, PHEV's and BEV's, but now they have announced a few different models for late this year and next year. If GM doesn't get the lead out, they could go from MT COTY to has been. An 18 kWh Volt battery pack that uses 14 kWh for a real world 45 mile AER instead of the current 35-37 would be a good option to start with, as would an EREV Orlando with a 30 mile city AER using the current pack. Right now Nissan's keep it simple stupid Leaf is leading the pack, but there is room for a lot of different approaches to the BEV/EREV development. More options is better.
        BlueGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Leaf will certainly widen the lead in July sales number as the reopen of GM Hamtramck plant won't happen till mid July like you mentioned. I agree Chevrolet need to rake big sales number of Volt in the early fall. The competition will be stiff as Prius plug-in rolls in, the differential in perceived base MSRP may still be huge (Even though the actual transaction price differences maybe much closer.) Plus general population won't know the differences of inner working between Plug-in Prius and Volt except for shortened electric range. But I like to see more options and I hope they all do their part in expanding public acceptance in electrification of transportation.
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like ppl are sick of gas
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't make any judgments on these considering we don't know how supply constrained the cars are. But Volt does have an uphill battle. Being $8K more than the Nissan Leaf is a real tough sell. Yes, the Volt can drive 300 miles but I would say that just about every buyer of these cars already has a gas car that they can keep around for long trips. You probably are not going to get $8K for your trade-in, so why not just keep it and buy the Leaf? So GM needs to get the price of the Volt down . . . . and they need to release their own pure electric. Seriously now, there is NO REASON for an auto maker to pick PHEV OR pure EV. Sell both. Duh.
        Roy_H
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I wish I could give you a +10. All these people making statements about popularity based on production constrained cars is nuts. I agree with the statement about make both, plug-in and pure BEV, let the customer decide. Don't turn away sales because the customer wants a pure EV. GM also needs to spread the Voltec design to other models, in particular slightly larger with more seating, also Buick and Cadillac versions. Increased production and more models sharing parts will bring price down. The major problem is that this takes a lot of time. GM is bringing the EV motor production in-house, and is building a new factory extension to do that, probably another year before in production. They are also going to build the Volt ICE at Flint, hopefully soon. Batteries should start coming off LG Chem's Holland plant next spring. When all these plans are in place, GM will be able to reduce cost and increase production. People are complaining that GM hasn't already done these. We just have to wait.
      vazzedup
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the plug in Prius, the volt sales will begin to slide.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vazzedup
        The plug in prius is only marketing fluff until it actually goes on sale a year from now.
        BlueGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vazzedup
        So far the numbers are really restricted by production capacity. While no doubt that plug-in Prius is going to compete with some sales with Volt, there are still significant differences in the feel of vehicles once you test drove it. People cross shop vehicles for various reasons and I don't feel Volt sales will slide as a direct effect with plug-in Prius enter the market.
      RB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volt = premium gas, seats 4 and costs $41-42K, yuk Plug-in Prius will crush it to destruction or great change.
        BlueGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RB
        Sure, while you are at it. Go ahead and proclaim Schwinn bicycles sales will crush all hybrid vehicles in number and we will soon destruction of upscale automobile as a whole?.
      russellbgeister
      • 3 Years Ago
      an ev like the leaf only needs a range of 320 klms 200 miles and the ice will be heading to the trash heap and good riddance
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @russellbgeister
        yeah combined with quick charge capability that's probably right. about half that and quick charge can also work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could be way off base, but in my opinion the dealership experience may have turned more people away from the volt than anyone may realize. The volt is already more expensive than the leaf and then you add on the outrages dealership markups, which turns more people toward the leaf. I was interested in the volt at first, but changed my mind after seeing the dealership markups over the already high MSRP. My Nissan leaf will be here in August. I wish the volt much success, but most early adopters will probably go with the Nissan leaf to get completely away from gas or simply buy a prius.
        Nick From Montreal
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, the dealers sure didn't help. In a year's time, we'll discover that the Volt's demographic is basically Jay Leno: wants a 4-seat "manly-looking" ICE car while being green too. The Prius and Leaf don't fit that bill. Things are looking good for the entry-level Model S: people can make do with less than 120 miles range.
      Brian & Angela
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can get a 42mpg Cruze with automatic and the works at my local dealers for $18,000. What happens when the Leaf needs a new $7,000 power cell when it wears out in a few years and you are broke?
      sola
      • 3 Years Ago
      What really astounding is that the Leaf sales numbers are now pretty much comparable to second-line hybrid sales. Honda sold 966 units of the Insight in June. The Leaf has beaten the best selling Honda hybrid in the US and only the Prius is clearly superior from the sales perspective (4340 units in June). If Leaf sales grow like this, the Leaf will soon compete with the Prius.
        Nick From Montreal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sola
        @Sola. Very astute observation. This goes to show that early adopters want EVs, not hybrids. The Leaf could be the new Prius for eco-conscious buyers. Ghosn strikes again!
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sola
        yeah, it does appear that the electrics are stealing sales from the conventional hybrids. all of the sales apparently : ) despite a hefty pricetag and short range. imagine what would happen with better engineering and fairer price.. not a 1700kg car with a lead acid starter battery but say 800kg like an Audi A2. same range with half the battery pack.. nah that's just crazy talk.. quick! vote me down : )
      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a failure the Volt is:( I wonder what excuse GM will come up with next? Nobody is buying their BS that "we are selling all the Volts we can build, sales are so low because we can only build x number of Volts!"
        Nick From Montreal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        They are not necessarily lying. They had very low production numbers to begin with. So they *are* selling all they can build. They simply build fewer Volts than Nissan. Hopefully, Nissan's success will prompt GM go finally create a pure EV.
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