Volt and LEAF Sales Drop Off in January 2013

By · February 01, 2013


Low inventories are to blame for the sales dip of both the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt in January 2013.

Sales of the Chevy Volt came in at a 12-month low of 1,140 units in January 2013. Sales of the Volt were strong at 2,633 units in December 2012, but had dipped in November 2012, with General Motors reporting it sold only 1,519 units.

If we look back at January 2012, we discover that sales of the Volt were only 603 units. That's the last time that sales of the Volt were below the 1,140 units sold in January 2013.

Sales of the Nissan LEAF checked in at 650 units in January 2013. Sales of its electric LEAF had been stable for the last three months of 2012, with 1,489 units in December 2012; 1,539 units in November; and 1,579 in October.

Sales of the LEAF in January 2012 were 676 units, which means that the sales results for January 2013 represent a decline of approximately 3.8 percent.

Nissan says that a dwindling supply of 2012 LEAFs is to blame for the low sales figure. The 2013 Model Year LEAF, the first to be built in the U.S., is in production now, but Nissan says it will take a month or two before production levels rise up enough to satisfy demand. The 2013 LEAF will reach dealerships later this month.

The Volt ended last year with 23,461 units sold and the LEAF closed 2012 with 9,819 units sold. Most analysts believe that 2013 sales of both the Volt and LEAF will easily surpass last year's figures.

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