Chevy Volt Sales Soar to Record High in August 2012, Nissan LEAF Still Struggling

By · September 04, 2012


Sales of the Chevy Volt increased in August, with General Motors reporting it sold a record 2,831 units in August 2012, compared to 1,849 units in July 2012; 1,760 units in June 2012; 1,680 units in May; 1,462 units in April and its previous record-setting amount of 2,289 units in March 2012. If we flip the calendar back to August 2011, we discover that General Motors sold only 302 Chevy Volts that month.

Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at a decent 685 units, compared to only 395 in July; 535 in June; 510 in May; 370 in April and 579 units in March. That's still roughly half the 1,362 LEAFs sold in August 2011. Nissan's low volume of LEAF sales throughout most of 2012 will make it difficult, if not impossible, for Nissan to reach its target of 20,000 units sold in Fiscal Year 2012 (March 2012 through March 2013).

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 4,228 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 13,497 units. Last year at this exact time, General Motors' year-to-date Volt sales stood at 3,172 units and Nissan's mark for the LEAF was 6,168 units.

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