Apparently selling lots of Volts saves a lot of fuel as well.
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Successfully marketing a vehicle takes an orchestra of employees all playing from the same musical score, but sometimes, someone slips up. Such seemed the case this week for Nissan when, right in the middle of the Hallelujah chorus at the New York Auto Show, there was heard the off-key intonation of a sad trombone.
The first Nissan Leaf in the U.S. was delivered almost exactly a year ago (December 11, 2010). Thus, it's about time that the best-selling all-electric car in America is available in more areas. Nissan announced today that it is taking orders in seven new states: Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. The first deliveries in these areas will take place in the spring of 2012. Brian Carolin, Nissan North America's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said
With U.S. sales of the Nissan Leaf hitting 7,199 units by the end of September, our buds over at The Truth Abut Cars thought it was time to compare year-to-date sales of the electric hatchback to some vehicles with a more conventional powertrain. These aren't direct competitors in any way – and some of the models are seriously due for a refresh – but it does go to show that EVs are making an impact. TTAC discovered that, as September came to a close, the Leaf was outselling these 15
It's tempting to pop up the sales numbers for the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt each month and treat the results like the score of a sporting event. We certainly do it. However, when you're looking at low-volume cars whose numbers have been constrained by supply issues and customer confusion, these numbers don't necessarily have the same meaning as they would in scoring, for example, Toyotal Corolla sales vs. those of the Ford Focus.
Come early July, General Motors might just have to bury its Chevrolet Volt sales totals once again. That's because Nissan's head honcho (chief executive officer) Carlos Ghosn says that U.S. sales of the Leaf will hit a record-shattering 1,500 units in June. More precisely, Ghosn, speaking of the Leaf, told Automotive News (sub. req.) that:
Once again, General Motors is burying the monthly sales totals for the Chevy Volt. In a press release headlined "May U.S. Retail Sales Rise 9 Percent on Demand for Fuel-Efficient Vehicles," the Volt's sales numbers are not disclosed. Instead, the total – 481 – is in the detailed PDF of the Chevrolet brand sales totals and shows the car is suffering from another month-to-month drop; GM sold 493 in April. Last month, GM told us that drop in Volt sales compared to March's 608 units was
Last month we tallied the cumulative North American sales of both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, and it's time to check those numbers again. While neither vehicle is selling like hotcakes, April's numbers show that one of the two electric autos is inching up the sales chart, while the other has slipped a bit.
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