• Oct 3, 2011
In the battle for plug-in vehicle U.S. sales supremacy, the electric-only Nissan Leaf has emerged the victor once again, beating the Chevrolet Volt for the sixth consecutive month (April, May, June, July, August and now September). Its half-year reign as the plug-in champ has jolted the Leaf well ahead of the Volt in total U.S. sales.

Nissan
says it sold 1,031 Leafs in the U.S. in September 2011. That's a minor improvement over the 931 Leafs sold in July, but the Japanese automaker's 1,708 electric hatchbacks sold in June still stands as the high-water mark, with the 1,362 Leafs sold in August coming in second. Overall, 2011 sales of the Leaf now stand at 7,199 units in the U.S., compared to 3,895 units for the Chevy Volt. Your eyes haven't deceived you: Year-to-date Leaf sales still stand at nearly double the Volt's sold-in-2011 mark.

For the first time in a while, Volt sales are on an upward trend. General Motors announced that U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt rang in at 723 units in September. That's more than double the 302 Volts The General reported selling in August and a massive improvement over the meager 125 Volts GM sold in July.

Now, it's time for our usual monthly question: Will the Leaf retain its position as the U.S.' top-selling plug-in vehicle? Or will the Volt rise to the occasion and grab the number one spot in October? With the battle for plug-in supremacy getting tighter, next month could mark the first time since March of 2011 that the Volt outsells the Leaf. What do you think?
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA SALES RISE 25.3% IN SEPTEMBER

10.03.2011 , FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported September U.S. sales of 92,964 units versus 74,205 units a year earlier, an increase of 25.3 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 28.2 percent for the month with 84,485 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles increased 2.1 percent from the prior year, to 8,479 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Nissan vehicles posted September sales of 84,485 units, an increase of 28.2 percent over the 65,900 units sold in September 2010.
Strong combined sales of Nissan cars – including the Altima, Sentra, Maxima, and Versa - were up 32.3 percent versus the prior year at 55,751 units, setting a September record for total car sales.
Versa saw a record September, with sales of 11,800 units increasing 68.1 percent over the prior year – helped by a strong start for the all-new Versa sedan, which had its first full month of sales in September.
Strong sales of the Nissan Altima continue, with 24,356 units marking a September increase of 21.7 percent over the prior year, while Maxima sales jumped 26.3 percent to 6,133 units.
The Rogue crossover vehicle continues to gain momentum, with sales of 10,740 units marking a 29.1 percent increase over last year – also a record September.
Sales of the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF totaled 1,031 units in September, with total sales of 7,217 units of the innovative, zero-emissions vehicle since its December 2010 U.S. debut.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

Infiniti sales totaled 8,479 units for September, an increase of 2.1 percent versus 8,305 a year earlier.
Infiniti G Sedan sales of 3,940 marked an increase of 28.9 percent for the month, and the model's best September.
With sales of 1,206 in September, an increase of 46.7 percent, the Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV has a year-over-year increase of 15.1 percent.
The updated 2012 Infiniti FX, with a new front fascia, wheels and instrument cluster, arrives in Infiniti showrooms this month, and is expected to support continued growth for the brand in October.

"Thanks to a strong and diverse lineup of cars and trucks, Nissan division sales marked the best September in 26 years," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "Nissan saw year-over-year growth across the board, from our cars – including the all-new Versa sedan – to our crossovers and trucks as well."

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. September 2011 had 25 selling days, while September 2010 also 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 automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.1 million vehicles in 2010, generating revenue of 8.77 trillion yen ($102.37 billion U.S.). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models 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 and 2011 World Car of the Year.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spec, I think you are missing all the captial letters in Mikoncons post! That many capitals convinced me!:)
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the meanwhile, global leader is (presumably) the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Give it a year or two and Toyota with its Prii will probably reign over the Plug-in records. Hopefully Nissan can ramp up its production rates to match future competition in plug-in cars, especially the full electrics (not too many of those coming to match LEAF).
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        i-MiEV and PSA rebadges were the top sellers in the first half in Europe (because the LEAF wasn't for sale most places yet), but not globally. Nissan sold 6468 through August in Japan based on the last report. Sales started in Europe last quarter for most countries, but we only have the 580 sold in Eurpoe 1-2Q. They have sold 7,199 in the US. So, we have confirmed sales of 14,247, with a lack of updated sales data from Europe from last quarter and Japan from the last month. Chances are, the LEAF is well over 15,000 to date globally, with production ramped up. I would expect ~25,000 sold globally by year end and more than twice that many in 2012 (US production starts second half), more than twice 2012 in 2013 (UK production starts), etc. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2883&start=190
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        At the current high price, I think plug-in Prius sales won't be so hot. People will buy a regular Prius or a Leaf. The plug-in Prius is not a good value at the current price.
      amtoro
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think Nissan will be able to produce an increasingly higher number of LEAFs until the plants in Smyrna TN, and the UK are operational; keep in mind that Nissan has to make LEAFs to supply Japan, the US, parts of europe, etc... GM sells all (or very close to that) the Volts inside the US.
        theflew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amtoro
        Not true. The Volt is on sale in Canada and as the Chevrolet Volt/Opel Ampera in Europe. These numbers are US only.
      mikoncons
      • 3 Years Ago
      Read this for an education of alternates evaluated with the Volt. Mar 17, 2011, USA Today http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/03/top-10-list-of-most-fuel-efficient-cars-which-one-is-the-best-buy/1 You will see that you could own a 2011 Lexus HS 250h for less than $150/year more than the Chevy Volt.... Is there any reasonable person who would NOT pick the Lexus?
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikoncons
        You actually found somebody more ignorant than you. That article assumes that the owner of the Volt NEVER PLUGS IT IN. ABG readers . . . drop an email to author of that article and let him know of his error.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a lot more vehicles and I'm not surprised. The Leaf is a lost cheaper and price is a huge driver of sales.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The Leaf requires a huge sacrifice as you must pay little for fuel but wait so long. Not really but this is how most Americans perceive it. After driving a EV for more than two years their really is no sacrifice and fuel is so cheap it is awesome. Only time I sacrifice time is when I go 300 miles out of town. Quick chargers will help with this.
      Fred
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do we think? I think Americans are being forced into buying 'crap' (small cars). Most of us are forced to buy a pickup truck so that we can live through an accident (always caused by the other driver). LOL How do I know this? Because I live where all the men and all the women are above average in intelligence and looks. Oh yeah, our kids are all above average, too.
      Brian Roos
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are both selling at extremely well compared to Honda's disappointing hybrid (ie. CR-Z, Insight, Civic Hybrid) offerings.
      mikoncons
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually.... a recheck of the article I posted in my immediately prior post, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h (which is more directly comparable in size to the Volt) would cost you over $200 LESS per year to own than the Chevy Volt!!!
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikoncons
        Yeah . . . if you are stupid enough to buy a Volt and then never plug it in. Herp derp!
      bgreenwell913
      • 3 Years Ago
      For Mikoncons, who compared on every category, I suggest you just drive one. The volt will blow the doors off the Leaf when you are 55 miles from home
      blan444444
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big deal...looks like the public can't wait for electrict cars. Think how much better o we would be with more drilling...
      rcclose
      • 3 Years Ago
      these sales levels are ridicously small. Why bother?
        skierpage
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @rcclose
        Folks, the first year's sales of the world's first production plug-in hybrid car reaching at a minimum 5,000 is a fantastic achievement! For it to be award-winning and made in America should warm your heart. Meanwhile, its standard operating procedure for car companies to talk aggressives sales numbers for new cars. A week ago a GM spokesman in CNNMoney maintained "In all, GM expects to sell 16,000 Volts by the end of this year, a figure that includes a Europe-only version called the Opel Ampera."
        Spec
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @rcclose
        So a brand new revolutionary product that goes against the traditional technology that has been around for a 100 years has a slow start? Shocking! Why should people try to innovate anything with that logic? You know how few personal computers sold back in the 70's? How few cell phones sold back in 80's? Why did they bother continuing with the technology? rrcclose knows better!
        StevenG
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @rcclose
        You're right. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Zonda should shut down too!!
      dg1319
      • 3 Years Ago
      StevenG.........Mr know it all, maybe not, seems like you are rich as you got a volt, My Prius cost me $22000 out the door, got more space than a Leaf or a volt and gives 50 plus miles a gallon, im happy and so are over million other people on the Earth that drive a Prius. Beat that Mr Volt.
        bjg1765
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @dg1319
        So you were stupid enough to buy a prius and now to make yourself feel better you have to dump all over the volt and leaf, Grow Up. The prius does not have more room than the volt and volt drivers are reporting 70MPG. Also, GM IS NOT stopping production on the VOLT so quit lieing. And its because of idiots like you buying foriegn products thats helping drag this country down. Take your prius and move to japan and see how much your big mouth is appreciated over there.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Hour Ago
          @bjg1765
          @ bjg1765 Hey, Hey, the Prius is a great car! So is the rest of the Toyota/Lexus hybrid range. But, so is the American made GM Volt. If Volt is a great car, it doesn't mean Toyota is bad. (or visa-versa) But, I take your point, and really admire your choice to support your fellow American worker by purchasing the US made product. If GM could treble production, there would still be a waiting list! All Americans should be proud of GM's Volt. The engineering is truly innovative and deserves recognition. I can't wait to see the Australian made Buick Ampera version.
        StevenG
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @dg1319
        I've driven 1438 miles and used less than 7 gallons of gas - beat that Mr Prius.
        dellrio
        • 1 Hour Ago
        @dg1319
        My Motorcycle cost me $8,000 out the door and gets 61 MPG and still does 0-60 in under 6 seconds... My prius has not been started for nearly a month now - casot me $25K out the door, gets 47 MPG and does 0-60 in under 11 seconds. I look forward to the day it gets traded in for my Volt.
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