2011 Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf

In the battle for plug-in vehicle sales supremacy, the electric-only Nissan Leaf has emerged victorious for the month of July, beating out the Chevrolet Volt for the fourth consecutive month (April, May, June and July).

Nissan
says Leaf sales dropped to 931 units in the U.S. in July, a significant decrease compared to the 1,708 electric hatchbacks the Japanese automaker sold in June.

On the flip side, General Motors announced that U.S. sales of the Volt came in at 125 units in July. The decline, as compared to the 561 plug-in hybrid sedans The General sold in June, is mostly due to extensive retooling at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The General told our sibling AutoblogGreen that:
We are virtually sold out. Only about 100 2011 Volts [are] left in stock. On average, each Volt spent about 13 days at the dealership. This includes prepping it for delivery.
Year-to-date sales of the Leaf total 4,806 units in the U.S., compared to 2,870 Chevy Volts.

Will the Leaf retain its top spot for the month of August? Or will it be the Volt – with its production reportedly cranked up to triple the pre-shutdown rate – that rises up to take the lead?
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Nissan North America Reports Sales Up 2.7% in July

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported July U.S. sales of 84,601 units versus 82,337 units a year earlier, an increase of 2.7 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 6.4 percent for the month at 77,191 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 24.1 percent from the prior year, to 7,410 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Nissan vehicles posted July sales of 77,191 units, an increase of 6.4 percent over the 72,573 units sold in July 2010.

Nissan Rogue set a new July record, at 11,260 units, which is a 2.7 percent increase over the prior year.

Nissan delivered 679 units of the all-new NV commercial vehicles, an increase of 53.6 percent over the prior month.

The Nissan Juke experienced strong July sales of 3,221 units, making for a total of 20,685 units year to date.

Deliveries of the Nissan Frontier increased 21.8 percent over July 2010, to 4,832 units.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

Infiniti sales totaled 7,410 units for the month of July, a decrease of 24.1 percent versus 9,764 a year earlier.

Calendar year-to-date Infiniti sales of 54,678 are down 4.2 percent compared to the 57,064 units sold during the same period last year.

Sales of every Infiniti model increased over last month, supporting an 18 percent increase overall, as full production resumed after the earthquake in Japan, and more than 10,000 new vehicles became available for consumer delivery.

Later this month at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Infiniti will debut the Infiniti JX Concept, which previews a new 7-passenger luxury crossover that will join the line next Spring, as well as the updated 2012 Infiniti FX that goes on sale in October.

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. July 2011 had 26 selling days, while July 2010 had 27 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 World Car of the Year award.