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31Nissan marketing strategist misspeaks? Leaf "unlikely" to hit 20,000 sales target *UPDATE

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.

26Nissan Leaf's U.S. market expands to 7 more states

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

31Nissan Leaf outselling 15-plus vehicles in U.S.

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

19Nissan sells 600 Leafs in Norway in 3 days

Three days, 600 Nissan Leafs sold.

45Nissan Leaf sales eclipse 15,000

In was late July when Carlos Ghosn, Nissan chief executive officer, stated that "with more than 10,100 electric Nissan Leaf vehicles already sold worldwide" the Japanese automaker is "clearly the global leader in zero emission mobility."

49With plug-in sales, GM and Nissan aren't competing, they're learning

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.

32Report: Global Nissan Leaf sales top 10,100

While unveiling Nissan's China growth strategy in Beijing, Nissan chief executive officer, Carlos Ghosn, stated:

21Carlos Ghosn: Nissan Leaf sales to hit record-setting 1,500 in U.S. in June

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:

AddElectric Boogaloo: Nissan Leaf tallies 1,141 May sales to Chevy Volt's 481

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

25Sales update: Nissan Leaf hits 573, Chevy Volt at 493 in April

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.

58Sales update: Nissan Leaf hits 573, Chevy Volt at 493 in April

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.

24Sales update: Chevy Volt hits 608, Nissan Leaf moves 298 in March

Remember last month, when we tallied up the cumulative North American sales of both the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf? Well, it's been 31 days and that means it's time to check in again. When we did so, we found that, while neither vehicle is breaking sales records, the sales numbers are moving in the right direction. Maybe that's why GM is making the Volt sales numbers a bit easier to find this time around, mentioning in the press release that, "A total of 1,210 Chevrolet Volts have been deliv

AddFirst Nissan Leaf delivered in San Francisco; what's up with the next batches?

2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddFirst Nissan Leaf delivery happening today, but are there major delays nationwide?

The first Nissan Leaf destined for a customer's driveway will be delivered today in California. If you can't be there, you can participate digitally by tuning in to the Nissan Leaf page on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 EST) today and watch the press conference live from San Francisco. Twitter fans can also get updates from @NissanLEAF and the hashtag #firstLEAF. By the looks of things, the owner has arrived and has checked out the car already.

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