Combined Global LEAF and Volts Sales Surpass 75,000
Sales of the Nissan LEAF are rather easy to track, but sales of the Volt, due to its numerous similar iterations, can be difficult to pinpoint. Fortunately, Nissan's chief operating officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, recently provided global LEAF sales number of 42,700 units. That number includes 16,484 in the US (as of October 31, 2012), approximately 19,000 in Japan and the remaining 7,000-plus sold mainly in Europe with a few hundred LEAFs landing in countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Now, for the first time, we're seeing a comprehensive listing of global Volt sales. This listing, compiled from information posted by numerous sources, breaks down Volt sales on a country-by-country-level.
The Chevy Volt and its army of near-identical siblings (Opel Ampera, Holden Volt and Vauxhall Ampera) only cracked the 1,000-unit cumulative sales mark in four countries (US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany). In total, sales of the Volt have reached 33,036 units worldwide as of October 31, 2012. The United States leads the way by a substantial margin with 27,306 Volts delivered; followed by the Netherlands with 2,175 Amperas and 241 Volts sold; Canada with 1,350 Volts; and Germany with 1,012 Amperas and 48 Volts registered.
It's not often that Nissan releases a global LEAF sales figure at roughly the same time as comprehensive Volt sales data emerges. Oftentimes, these results will be posted months apart, making a true comparison impossible. But this time, the Volt's cumulative (2010 through 2012) sales data is current as of October 31, 2012 and Nissan's figures (launch to present) are, too. So, it's 42,700 for the LEAF and 33,036 for the Volt. Of course, the two vehicles offer different features and benefits, and represent two different global sales strategies. Still, it's fascinating to see the combined results of 75,736 plug-in cars sold by the two leaders in the segment.
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