The plug-in vehicle field is getting more and more crowded, but the two long-timers remain barometers for how electric vehicles are being accepted in the US. Last month, the Chevrolet Volt was up and the Nissan Leaf held steady. Let's get to the numbers.

The Volt continued to bounce up and down, with February's numbers – 1,626 sales – on the lower end of the recent extremes (see details here). Last month's sales were up almost 59 percent over February 2012, when Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts.

The Leaf situation remains in flux, Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen. Last month, Nissan sold 653 Leaf EVs, pretty much the same as the 650 sold in January. Parman said that, "With some help from distribution, Leaf February sales reached 653 leaving about 30 2012s in inventory. That put the sales mix at about 60 percent 2013 LEAFs to 40 percent 2012s as the production ramp-up of Leaf continues at Nissan's Smyrna, TN. facility." For more on the updated 2013 Leaf, including its longer range, read this and you can watch a Nissan video on Leaf sales below.

We'll have our detailed report on February's green car sales, including other plug-in competitors like the Toyota Prius Plug-In, soon. One car that won't be included in that list is the Tesla Model S.







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GM's U.S. Sales Increase 7 Percent in February

2013-03-01

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that it sold 224,314 vehicles in the United States in February, up 7 percent compared with a year ago. Retail sales and fleet sales were both up 7 percent. The fleet mix was 25 percent of total sales, equal to a year ago.

"The housing sector has now joined auto sales in propelling the U.S. economy forward," said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. "More importantly, the recovery in new home construction is reinforcing the underlying improvement in auto buying conditions, especially for pickups.

"Light vehicle sales have now been running at a mid-15 million unit annual rate since November," he added. "This sets us up well for the launches of key new products this year, including an all-new generation of Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups and an all-new Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CTS."

The Cadillac CTS, along with the redesigned Buick LaCrosse and Regal, will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

Highlights

All four GM brands posted higher year-over-year sales: Cadillac was up 20 percent; Buick was up 15 percent; GMC was up 10 percent, and Chevrolet was up 5 percent.
Crossover sales increased 17 percent and compact crossovers had their best month ever; truck sales were up 14 percent and car sales were down 4 percent.
Sales of GM's full-size pickups were up 28 percent to 58,039 units.
The Chevrolet Equinox , GMC Terrain and the redesigned Buick Enclave had their best-ever February sales.
The Chevrolet Spark and Cadillac ATS had their best sales months yet.

Highlights

Feb. Total Sales

Total Change vs. Feb. 2012

Feb. Retail Sales

Retail Change vs. Feb. 2012

CYTD Sales

CYTD vs. 2012

CYTD Retail Sales

CYTD Retail Sales vs. 2012

Chevrolet

158,541

4.9%

109,188

4.1%

295,845

7.6%

201,582

10.1%

GMC

35,778

9.8%

31,257

13.5%

66,594

15.7%

59,721

21.4%

Buick

16,150

15.2%

14,951

13.2%

29,613

22.2%

27,369

20.4%

Cadillac

13,845

20.3%

12,571

12.5%

26,961

32.0%

24,912

27.4%

Total GM

224,314

7.2%

167,967

7.1%

419,013

11.1%

313,584

14.2%


Inventory

Units @
Feb. 28, 2013

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

Units @
Jan. 31, 2013

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

All Vehicles

742,887

79

737,885

95

Full-size Pickups

234,695

97

234,342

117


Industry Sales

Feb. SAAR (est.)

Calendar Year (est.)

Light Vehicles

15.5 million range

15.0 – 15.5 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.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am interested in getting a 2013 leaf, but the dealers in my area have very few in stock and sell out as soon as they come in. I would reserve one, but I have had a hard time getting the dealer to lock in a decent price on an in-transit vehicle.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Yeah, you might want to wait until stock builds up such that you can get a cheaper price. They'll try to scalp you until there is an inventory build-up.
          Sasparilla Fizz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Well said Spec, and it shouldn't take more than another month or two to get that inventory built up (its not like Nissan is going to let that battery and assembly factory in TN just put out 400 a month for long).
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see Volt sales up about 500 from January and Nissan selling out their inventory. I'll be very curious to know what the market demand is for the Leaf when it is not supply constrained here in the U.S. - which we should find out in the next month or two as production continues ramping up in the U.S..
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sasparilla Fizz
        When you say "supply constrained", you are talking about the new 2013 version of the revised Leaf that they just started building, right? (Just clarifying in case anyone gets trollish about the use of the phrase "supply constrained" and "Leaf" in the same sentence.)
      garylai
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agree with others here, the next few months will be very interesting for the Leaf now that they have the entry level S trim and new features like 6.6 kW charging and longer range. It was very encouraging to hear in the video that demand in the US is more than supply. Supply can come up very fast at Smyrna. Hopefully 2013 will be the breakout year for the Leaf and EVs in general.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      New kid on the block Ford C-Max hybrid quietly outsells them both with make the Leaf & Volt buyers green with envy with 3,000 sales. Gotta stop listening to the bull posted here byLeaf lovers, poor sales were due to the Christmas break was the last crap posted on here, what the excuse this month Valentines Day halted production of Leaf sales? Ford know how to 3,000 in an inventory, what's the Volts excuses US sequestration cutbacks has killed the Volt buyer?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Who give a crap about a car that get 39mpg? I'm sure Yugo's sold 3,000 a month too back in the 80's and got even better milage.
        lne937s
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Reggie... If you can't buy it , how many can Nissan sell. The LEAF was supply constricted. There were double digits (as in less than 100) of total national inventory for some of the month. Most people going to their dealers could not buy it. If consumers can't buy very many, then Nissan can't sell very many.
          Reggie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lne937s
          LOL Ford are not so restricted they outsold both Volt & Leaf sale combined no feeble excuses.
        JakeY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Ford C-Max hybrid != C-Max Energi (the plug-in version). Ford sold only 338 Energi's last month. I doubt February will be that much better. The C-Max hybrid is more comparable to the Prius and Prius V and I believe they handily outsell it. Given the doubts about the Ford hybrid's efficiency, this trend may continue. We won't know the Energi numbers until next Monday.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Apples to Oranges, Reggie. C-Max is a basic hybrid, the Leaf (Pure EV) and the Volt (EREV) use electric motors to drive the car. It's at least reasonable to compare the Energi's to the PiP and the Volt.
        danwat1234
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        But the C-max and Fusion hybrid only gets about 39MPG real world average, far from the 47MPG advertised
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would you compare an electric vehicle sales to a hybrid?
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Because they are both plug-ins. People who want to drive on electricity can choose between a LEAF which is electric all the time or a Volt which is electric until it runs out of juice and then becomes a gas car. So by looking at this we're finding out which people seem to want more.
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Its a tradition, it doesn't have to have a reason any longer after 26 straight months of the same article. Seriously, though, because they are the only two primarily electric vehicles that most people can afford and have a chance in heck of being able to buy. EREV may not be the same as a BEV, but they are a lot more alike than anything else out there at the sub-$50k price point.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Because it is interesting to see which type of plug-in the consumers are going for . . . pure EV or Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
        carney373
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        If it plugs in, it's not a "hybrid". At most it's a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), but calling the Volt a "hybrid" as if it can only run on gasoline like a regular Prius is misleading.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carney373
          If it plugs in, it's not a "hybrid". Um.. not true. If it has more than one drive train... it's a hybrid. Instead of trying to distance the Volt from that word, why not try being more specific about other conventional hybrids?
        noevfud
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Because ABG posts nonsense to get traffic to drive ad sales. If they wanted to post something useful they would also post like comparisons of a LEAF to a Focus EV, but since that is a joke they make this silly comparison. The Volt is a Hybrid no matter how many people think it is not. It runs on more than one fuel hence the word. Sure you can cal it what you like just like calling an EVSE a charger, but who cares about that. Fuel injector, carb, it's the same thing right? Why not just call it a plug in hybrid because it is and compare the sales to a PIP.
          MTN RANGER
          • 1 Year Ago
          @noevfud
          Don't let purity be the enemy of the good.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @noevfud
          + 1 MTN Ranger! I want a full utility car that uses American produced electricity exclusively, but I can't afford a Tesla and the fast charging network isn't in place for it, yet, anyway. That is why an EREV like the Volt is the best choice for most people for the next 6 or 7 years as battery prices come down (thereby reducing the full utility BEV price tag as well) and the fast charging network is built up. I understand the religious fervor of the BEV fans, I just don't think it is time for me to convert, yet.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Early spring car sales numbers are always pretty boring, whether it is gas cars or EV's. This one isn't any different.
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