Chevy Volt keeps Nissan Leaf in rearview with strong May sales
There were no surprises in the old sales rivalry last month.
Let's go to the tape.
Chevy sold 1,901 Volts last month, an increase of 17.5 percent to the 1,618 Volts sold in May last year. Through the end of May, Chevy has sold 7,871 Volts, a whopping 79 percent more than the 4,397 it sold in the same time period of 2015. The almost 8,000 Volts sold so far this year certainly trump the nearly 5,000 pure electric EVs that Nissan has moved. Once the all-electric Chevy Bolt arrives (it goes into production in October), we wonder just how Nissan will respond with its aging EV.
Speaking of which, how did the Leaf do? Well, last month, the Nissan Leaf sold just 979 copies, which is a far cry from the 2,104 sold in May 2015. A drop of 53.5 percent, in fact. So far in 2016, Leaf sales are at 4,697, which is a drop of 39.3 percent from the 7,742 sold in the first five months of 2015.
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