LEAF Sales Soar in March, Volt Remains Stable

By · April 02, 2013


In March 2013, Nissan rebounded with strong sales of the all-electric LEAF. Sales of the compact EV soared to an all-time high of 2,236 units. That's a big jump from February 2013, when sales of the LEAF languished at only 653 units. That's right where LEAF sales have held firm since the beginning of the year, when January 2013 checked in at 650 units. Nissan credits the all-time high sales in March to the debut of the U.S.-made, lower priced 2013 LEAF.

The Nissan LEAFs sold in the United State are now all (except a handful of leftover excess inventory) made in Tennessee, so Nissan dealerships are stocked up to regular inventory levels. It's taken a while for Nissan to build sufficient supply of domestically produced 2013 LEAFs to fill requests from dealership across the country.

Sales of the LEAF in March 2012 were only 579 units. If we exclude March 2013 sales figures, then we'd have to go back in the archives to sales of 1,579 units in October 2012 to find the last month that LEAF sales exceeded 1,000 units.

Steady Voltage

Chevy Volt sales have been consistent lately, with no wild ups and downs as experienced by the Nissan LEAF during the production changeover. Sales of the Volt had hit a 12-month low of 1,140 units in January 2013, but rebounded to 1,620 units in February. For March 2013, Volt sales check in at 1,478 units.

If we flip back to March 2012, we discover that sales of the Volt were over the 2,000-unit mark at 2,289.

In terms of year-to-date results in 2013, sales of the Chevy Volt now stand at 4,244 units. YTD sales for the LEAF are 3,539 units. That's much closer to parity than the full 2012 tally, in which Chevy Volt sales totaled 23,461 units versus 9,819 for the Nissan LEAF.

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