It wasn't the best Chevrolet Volt sales month ever, but GM's plug-in hybrid climbed out of the November slump of 1,519 sales back up to 2,633 sales in December. The record for most Volt sales in a month thus remains with October 2012 and 2,961 sold. For the year, Chevy sold a total of 23,461 Volts, way up from the 7,671 sold in 2011.

The other long-timer we've been tracking, the Nissan Leaf, sold 1,489 units in December. That's roughly in line with the last few months, when it sold 1,579 units in October and 1,539 in November. In all of 2012, Nissan sold 9,819 Leafs.

As always, we'll have our more details report on December's green car sales, and the final 2012 numbers, up soon.
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GM's U.S. Sales up 5 percent in December
2013-01-03

DETROIT – General Motors Co.'s (NYSE: GM) U.S. dealers delivered the company's highest December sales in five years, with deliveries up 5 percent year over year to 245,733 vehicles.

December was also GM's best retail sales month of 2012. Retail volume was up 38 percent from November – about double the industry's estimated increase. Incentive spending was competitive with industry-wide levels, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates, and remains below many Asian and domestic competitors.

"All four GM brands increased their sales year over year in December and we were strong across the board in cars, crossovers and pickup trucks," said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. "We also achieved an important fuel economy milestone. In December, GM became the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in a single year that get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway."

December Highlights
  • Total GM passenger car sales increased 14 percent compared with a year ago. Crossover sales were up 2 percent and sales of trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were equal to a year ago.
  • Compared with November, total car sales increased 18 percent, truck sales increased 52 percent and crossover sales increased 22 percent.
  • Combined mini, small and compact car sales were up 52 percent year over year driven by continued strong Buick Verano, Chevrolet Spark and Sonic sales; a 27 percent increase for the Chevrolet Cruze; and a 72 percent increase for the Chevrolet Volt.
  • Cadillac posted a double-digit year-over-year sales increase for the third consecutive month.
  • Cadillac passenger car sales increased 64 percent year over year as the all-new ATS and XTS continue to establish themselves in the luxury market.
  • Year-over-year sales of the Chevrolet Silverado increased 6 percent and sales of the GMC Sierra were up 13 percent. GM pickup sales were the highest since September 2008.

Highlights

Dec. Total Sales

Total Change vs. Dec. 2011

Dec. Retail Sales

Retail Change vs. Dec. 2011

2012CY

Sales

2012 vs. 2011

2012 Retail Sales

Retail Change 2012 vs. 2011

Chevrolet

167,091

3.7%

123,021

0.9%

1,851,646

4.3%

1,269,679

3.0%

GMC

43,921

4.7%

37,626

(0.6)%

413,881

4.0%

349,168

2.4%

Buick

16,473

10.0%

15,659

8.9%

180,408

1.6%

162,986

5.7%

Cadillac

18,248

12.2%

16,775

5.0%

149,782

(1.7)%

140,625

2.4%

Total GM

245,733

4.9%

193,081

1.5%

2,595,717

3.7%

1,922,458

3.1%



"GM's strong finish in 2012, the industry's momentum and the overall health of the U.S. economy make us optimistic about 2013," McNeil said. "The budget compromise reached in Washington this week removes uncertainty and clears the way for full-year light vehicle sales to rise to the 15 million to 15.5 million unit range in 2013."

Inventory

Units @
Dec. 31, 2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

Units @
Nov. 30,
2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

All Vehicles

717,025

76

788,194

106

Full-size Pickups

221,649

80

245,853

139


Industry Sales

Dec. SAAR
(est.)

Calendar Year
(est.)

Light Vehicles

15.6 million range

14.5 million range


General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In this press release and in related comments by our management, our use of the words "expect," "anticipate," "possible," "potential," "target," "believe," "commit," "intend," "continue," "may," "would," "could," "should," "project," "projected," "positioned" or similar expressions is intended to identify forward-looking statements that represent our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but these statements are not guarantees of any events or financial results, and our actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, such factors might include: our ability to realize production efficiencies and to achieve reductions in costs as a result of our restructuring initiatives and labor modifications; our ability to maintain quality control over our vehicles and avoid material vehicle recalls; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt, including as required to fund our planned significant investment in new technology; the ability of our suppliers to timely deliver parts, components and systems; our ability to realize successful vehicle applications of new technology; and our ability to continue to attract new customers, particularly for our new products. GM's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q provides information about these and other factors, which we may revise or supplement in future reports to the SEC.


NISSAN NORTH AMERICA SALES INCREASE 9.5 PERCENT IN 2012
  • Nissan Division sets new yearly record with more than 1 million sales -
  • Infiniti 2012 sales up 21.8 percent-

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported record U.S. calendar year sales of 1,141,656 units versus 1,042,534 in 2011, an increase of 9.5 percent and the first time that the Nissan brand sold more than 1 million units in a calendar year. December Nissan North America sales were 99,290, down 1.6 percent from the prior year.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nissan Division sales in 2012 of 1,021,779 set a new record, and were up 8.2 percent versus last year's 944,073.
  • Nissan Division sales for December were 86,663, down 3.6 percent from the prior year at 89,937 units.
  • Multiple vehicles set sales records in 2012, including:
  • Nissan Altima, up 12.6 percent with 302,934 sales for the calendar year and the first time the nameplate has exceeded 300,000 sales in a calendar year
  • Nissan Rogue crossover, up 14.3 percent with 142,349 units in 2012
  • Nissan Versa, up 13.6 percent with 113,327 deliveries. Versa sales also set a new December record with 10,618 units.
  • Nissan LEAF, up 1.5 percent to 9,819 with December sales of 1,489 units.
  • The Nissan NV commercial van, up 58 percent to 10,179 sales, with 1,250 units sold in December, its best month ever.

"Nissan had a record-breaking 2012, led by strong totals for Altima, Rogue and Versa," said Al Castignetti, vice president, Nissan Division. "Our aggressive product launch schedule with five new core vehicles in under two years positions us well for a successful 2013."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS
Infiniti sales highlights for the month include:
  • Infiniti QX sales of 2,232 were an increase of 28.6 percent in December, marking its best month ever. For 2012, sales increased 14 percent to 15,310 units, its best year since the full-size luxury SUV was introduced into the Infiniti line in 2004.
  • The all-new Infiniti JX saw sales of 2,708 in December, its best month since it went on sale in March. For 2012, the 7-passenger luxury crossover had sales of 21,674, making it the second best selling vehicle in the Infiniti line.
  • For 2012, the Infiniti G Sedan had a sales increase of 7 percent to 46,828 units, and the Infiniti FX luxury performance crossover was up 4.9 percent to 10,424.
  • Overall, this was Infiniti's best December since 2006, and marked its eighth straight month of double-digit sales increases in 2012.
"2012 was a strong year for Infiniti, as we added the Infiniti JX luxury crossover, and the Infiniti G sports sedan and QX full-size luxury SUV continued to be solid players in their segments," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "The JX brought new buyers into our showroom, and we expect that will continue throughout 2013, as we add another important new vehicle to the Infiniti line."

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. December had 26 selling days in 2012 versus 27 in 2011. For the calendar year, both 2012 and 2011 had 307 selling days.

About Nissan North America
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 and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.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 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.6 million vehicles in 2011. 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.

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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      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM is seeing their largest growth percents in their vehicles with the most improved MPG numbers. Many people said that higher CAFE standards would make US auto makers more competitive. Now we are seeing that being born out in the sales numbers. CAFE is helping save the US car makers.
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raktmn
        Just be glad this article isn't cross linked with autoblog or the morons would be trying to hunt you down for even suggesting this LOL
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dave D
          Yea, I'm sure I would have attracted a long list of replies calling me a socialist/communist/marxist/fascist (as if all those terms meant the exact same thing). =)
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the smart ones... sure... but how many people are new or just passing through from regular autoblog... getting the wrong idea, because ABG writers like to stir up the same false battle every month? I do like discussion about sales... but misleading articles are NOT the way to foster rational discussion. ----------------- Each emerging green car (Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma) has a certain band of people who are looking for any and every indication that they are failing or that nobody wants to buy them. Discussing real indicators is good. But this is misleading fluff. These slight fluctuations in monthly sales give irrational people reason to declare that the Leaf is on its death bed... and is no better than the articles on regular autoblog that troll up hate for the Volt, Model S, or Karma. Reading B.S. tea leaves to rile up strife and conflict, where there is none. Just like AB says, "Some Chevy dealers ceasing Volt sales due to costly tools" which then cause hundreds of tea party AB folks to declare the Volt is on its death bed too.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      AutoTrader shows 3,125 new Volt for sale, down from 3,400+ a week ago. Only 990 Leaf (120 in metro SF), which is down even further from a week ago.
      Smurf
      • 2 Years Ago
      So much for the theory that the Ford C-Max Energi is affecting Volt sales.... Volt sales seemed to have settled in at a 2000 per month average, with good months being in the 2500-plus range, and bad months being closer to 1500. Not bad for a vehicle with a $40K list price... If GM can get the list price down to below $30,000 (after tax break today, and without tax break tomorrow), 5000 or even 10,000 per month is not out of the realm of possibility..
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smurf
        Volt sales have settled in at a 2500-3000 monthly range, not a 2k range. In California, GM is already at that $30k price point, due to the $2.5k CA credit. Volt should hit 3000-3500 monthly next year, but even I'm not sanguine enough to project 5k, much less 10k. 5k per month is like a GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave / LaCrosse or Caddy CTS / SRX - home run numbers. 10k per month is like GMC Terrain or Chevy bread & butter - not going to happen! Really, if Volt can just sustain a 30k number, that'd be fantastic.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      ""I think the capacity that we built is adequate for the potential we see for the mid-term for the United States. When we decided to make our investment in electric cars, we didn't take a very short-term perspective. We took a longer-term perspective."" -Carlos Ghosn
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm basing the shift to HEV-based PHEV on governmental CAFE and CARB requirements driving things, not consumer supply & demand oil cost.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I'd expect a seismic shift to PHEV / EREV in the next 3-5 years" I doubt it will be that fast. I'd guess more in the next 10 to 15 years. I think the "tight oil" fracturing has got us on an oil price plateau for a few years. Without higher oil prices or lower battery prices, the PHEV and BEV market will probably slog along for a few years.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMO, you're splitting hairs unnecessarily. The Leaf is a Versa EV, just like the PIP has a larger pack and a plug. And the notion of "pent up demand"? The PIP has been on sale since Feb.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not in France
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Leaf#Europe vs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Volt#Global_sales
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      AND.... the Leaf casts a wider net too. The Volt/Ampera has a tighter selection of international markets. The Leaf is a more Global car than the Volt/Ampera.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      See I thought the polar bear ad was "I care about the environment and I'm going to save the planet. You're a wasteful, polluting slug." So I'm better than you.
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