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The Chevy Volt continues to increase its monthly sales figures, trending upward a little bit compared to October and way up over the doldrums of the summer months. In July, for example, GM sold just 125 Volts. In November, the company sold 1,139 units.

Even with this good news, it's nearly a foregone conclusion that GM will miss its target to sell 10,000-12,000 Volts in 2011. The year-to-date total stands at 6,142, and we just don't see the company selling 4,000 or 6,000 Volts by the time the ball drops in Times Square.

The all-electric Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, continued its dive in October to 849 units after its summer high point of 1,708. For November, the hatchback moved just 672 units even though company sales overall were up over 19 percent (year-on-year). So far in 2011, the Leaf has sold 8,738 copies in the U.S. and over 20,000 units around the world. The company has also set a goal of 10,000 Leaf sales in 2011, and will need to get December sales back to summer levels to meet that target.
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA REPORTS 19.4% INCREASE IN NOVEMBER SALES

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record November U.S. sales of 85,182 units versus 71,366 units a year earlier, an increase of 19.4 percent. Nissan Division sales also set a new November record, increasing 21.5 percent for the month to 76,754 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles increased 3 percent from the prior year, to 8,428 units.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Nissan vehicles posted record November sales with 76,754 units, an increase of 21.5 percent over the 63,184 units sold in November 2010.
Versa – led by brisk demand for the all-new 2012 Versa Sedan – set a new November record with 9,291 deliveries, an increase of 38.2 percent over the prior year.
The Rogue crossover also delivered a November record with sales of 10,845 units marking a 27.2 percent increase over last year.
The Nissan Altima maintains its place among the industry's leading passenger cars, with 20,613 units marking an increase of 12.2 percent over the prior year and a new November record.
Nissan's lineup of trucks, SUVs and crossovers all showed gains over last November, led by the Frontier pickup (up 37.8 percent) and Pathfinder (up 26.3 percent).
Sales of the 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF totaled 672 units in November, with deliveries totaling 8,738 units of the innovative, zero-emission vehicle since its December 2010 U.S. debut.
Nissan Commercial Vehicles continues to build awareness for the 2012 Nissan NV commercial van, resulting in 1,238 deliveries, its best month since its Spring 2011 launch.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

Infiniti sales totaled 8,428 units for November, an increase of 3 percent versus 8,182 a year earlier.
Infiniti QX sales of 1,446 was an increase of 9.0 percent for the month, the best November in the full-size luxury SUV's history.
With sales of 3,623, the Infiniti G Sedan had an increase of 26.9 percent for the month, its best November since 2007.
The updated 2012 Infiniti FX saw an increase of 24.9 percent, the best November for the luxury performance crossover since 2007.

"Strong gains across our lineup extended Nissan's record-breaking October into our best-ever November," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Sales. "We expect to finish 2011 on a high note with vehicles like Altima, Versa, Sentra and Rogue leading Nissan to a strong close in December and into an even better 2012."

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. November 2011 had 25 selling days, while November 2010 had 24 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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      • 3 Years Ago
      I was supposed to get my LEAF in November, but then was told by Nissan that minor damaged caused by a typhoon had set back delivery. My delivery was first updated to December, and now it's the 2nd week of January. I'm not sure if this is a wide spread issue for them (or if I was lied to), but it could be a reason for lower sales in November. Also, now that my delivery's been pushed to January, I would have to wait until 2013 to get the tax credit. I'm not sure if I'm willing to wait a whole year to get it and may not buy the car now. Keep this in mind for sales numbers in January.
        Ford Future
        • 3 Years Ago
        Floods causing Nissan delay: http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2011/_STORY/111104-01-e.html?rss
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        But if you don't buy the Leaf, then you won't get the tax credit at all...
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          True, but if MikeT is financing, he has to take on the burden of financing the whole cost of the car for an entire year. If he took delivery in December, he could look forward to getting the credit in a few months and paying off a large chunk of the loan much sooner.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan sold 3000 plus Leafs worldwide in November, all they could produce. They've just reduced U.S. allocation based upon opening up new markets in other parts of the world. U.S. is constrained by worldwide demand. Just look at how constrained the Canada deliveries are, despite orders being high. Nissan has already produced over 20,000 Leafs, right on target despite natural disasters.
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        One could argue that GM is also selling every Volt they could build in 2011---------except that would be a lie. Let's see Obama use federal fund to buy 4000 Volt in the next 3 weeks.
          ammca66564
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Sukairain
          You guys just don't get it: GM is evil. When they spend a billion dollars building an electric car, that was just a ruse to put us all off their plan for world domination. The conspiracy is a plain as the nose on Sukairain's face. Just don't know why the rest of you can't see it.
          StevenG
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Sukairain
          Nice troll comment, moron
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Sukairain
          idiot
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is still a lot more than were on the road 2 years ago. I would bet a lot of people are waiting for future models as well to see what changes they make.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Ryan
        My wife and I test drove a Leaf last week. We were very tempted to start the purchase process. But in the end, we decided to get a conventional car now, and see what options there are next time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only Volt could travel 60 miles on full charge, had non-flammable batteries, was at least 500 pounds lighter, could run on flex-fuel and was 10,000$ cheaper. Sigh!!
        Spec
        • 2 Months Ago
        That would outsell nearly everything once people ran the numbers on it. But you are asking for too much.
          EZEE
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Spec
          Give Chevy and the other auto makers a few years. With Toyota and ford jumping into the game, the prices should drop. As i have been jumping up and down screaming, this is the first model of a new technology. Stuff isn't cheap. I just got a big flat screen LED TV for the bar/exercise area area. $599. Go back a few years, the LED didn't exist, and a flat screen of this size would be $5000. Keep looking on the bright side...the product is here...it will only get better! :)
        Smith Jim
        • 2 Months Ago
        How do you feel about the Mitsubishi i?
      Smurf
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is still about delivery. My Volt is completed but it still hasn't arrived yet. It is on a train in the midwest somewhere. I though I would make Nov. numbers, but it looks like mine will be part of the Dec. numbers.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Smurf
        @Smurf But well done on your purchase of a Volt! I sure you will be delighted with your acquisition, despite the wait.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Months Ago
      He heard it on Limbaugh, so it MUST be true.
      EZEE
      • 2 Months Ago
      A simple search people.... This is fleet sales total...not specifically government, or GE: GM aims to sell 45,000 Volts in the U.S. next year and export the remaining 15,000. At the end of November, Chevy had 4,000 Volts in inventory, said Alan Batey, vice president for Chevrolet U.S. sales. The demonstration cars built up inventory later in the month and will have a bigger impact on December sales, Batey said. Chevy sold 600 Volts to fleet customers this year, Johnson said. (me again) 600 is not a high number overall. The impala has a much higher overall fleet sales ratio.
      stevejust
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...I'm confused by this. I'd heard that the Leaf was sold out. On autobloggreen. So wouldn't this "drop" in sales really just be indicative of a supply issue rather than a slow down in "sales"? Sometimes I don't understand if the writers of autobloggreen are reading their own site. For example, http://www.green.autoblog.com/2010/05/25/carlos-ghosn-2011-nissan-leaf-sold-out/ So... what's going on here?
        SVX pearlie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevejust
        That's an article from May, 2010 you're referencing for Nov 2011? Really?
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's normal for leaves to drop by november.
      EZEE
      • 2 Months Ago
      @war Not a bad guess after all. The American car companies commonly sell poorly selling vehicles to rental companies and other fleets. The impala has roughly 50% of its sales to fleets, and prior to the redesign, the same for the Taurus. Just in this case, Volt sales seem exceptionally low to fleets. It truly looks like the whole supply and demand thing has an issue with supply (if gm told the dealers to go ahead and sell the demos, if they wanted to).
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be nice to know how much of this is supply constrained. After over 3 months apparently my Leaf is in "The Port of Vancouver", hopefully I'll get it next week. The Leaf and Volt have very impressive sales IMO considering that the media generally has a negative slant against them. That's because they are a solution. Contrast this with all the hype last decade over hydrogen fool cells and biofools. They were hyped specifically because they WEREN'T solutions. Generally you should believe and do the opposite of what the MSM says.
        EZEE
        • 2 Months Ago
        good job dude! Keep us up to speed on how you like it. Let us know of any days of range anxiety as well...give us both sides... :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't GM just say that they would *produce* 10,000 Volts in 2011? That doesn't have to equal sales. They could still hit that mark I believe.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Months Ago
        Wouldn't that be even worse....... that means there is surplus of Volts sitting around and people aren't buying them even with the 7500 tax credit.
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