Tally of Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt Sales for 2011

By · January 04, 2012

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The Nissan LEAF outsold the Chevy Volt by 2,003 units in 2011.

Sales of the Chevy Volt continue to follow an upward trend in the closing months of 2011, with December sales tallied at 1,529 units. That's a decent improvement over November 2011 Volt sales of 1,139 units, and a significant uptick from the 1,108 Volts that Chevy reported selling in October. Year-end sales of the Chevy Volt can now be recorded in history as 7,671 units.

Meanwhile, Japanese automaker Nissan reports that sales of the all-electric LEAF checked in at 954 units in December. That's up from the 672 LEAFs Nissan sold in November, and a bit above the 849 LEAF sales reported for the month of October. For all of 2011, Nissan LEAF sales clocked in at 9,674 units. That's 2,003 units above the Volt's 2011 mark.

Perhaps the race between the LEAF and Volt—vehicles using different technologies at different price points—is overblown. What's more important is how close sales matched the forecasts from the respective companies. In other words, did Nissan and GM deliver (despite unforeseen problems and obstacles)?

On the account, Nissan sold close to 10,000 LEAFs in the US in 2011, nearly hitting its previously announced goal. On the other hand, General Motors came up a couple thousand units short of reaching its goal of selling 10,000 plug-in hybrid Volts in the US in 2011.

Bean-counting can be taken too far. Regardless, these are respectable numbers—a solid foundation to build on as production and sales ramp up in 2012.

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