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Volt sales continue to grow

General Motors has been pushing the Volt for well over a year as sales continue to rise and fall depending on the month. In March of 2012, GM suspended production of the Volt due to weak demand. Production of the Volt was started back up in April of 2012, earlier than expected, thanks to an uptick in demand for the extended range electric vehicle.
 
General Motors has now announced that in June 2012 it sold 1,760 Volts, which is double what it sold in June 2011. So far in 2012 General Motors the sold 8,817 Volts, which adds up to more than three times the 2,745 Volts that it sold in the same period of 2011. In fact, so far in 2012 GM has sold more Volts than in all of 2011. Total Volts sales in 2011 were roughly 7,600 units.
 
General Motors continues to outsell its closest Japanese rival, the Nissan Leaf by more than 3 to 1. That is no surprise considering the Leaf is a pure electric vehicle whereas the Volt has an onboard generator that allows for a much longer driving distance than the Leaf.
 
Compared to the Volt, sales of the Nissan Leaf plummeted 69% for June to 535 units. Nissan has only been able to sell 3,418 Leaf EV's so far in 2012, a decline of 19% over the same period 2011.

Nissan maintains that will sell 20,000 Leaf EVs in the US this year, but that seems far-fetched. Nissan would need to sell 2763 Leafs each month for the remainder of the year, which is more of the vehicles than Nissan has sold all year.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: Market and price betterer
By Jeffk464 on 7/5/2012 10:10:58 AM , Rating: 3
In nissan's defense its got to be hard to sell a car as ugly as the leaf.


RE: Market and price betterer
By Samus on 7/5/2012 10:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
I saw a leaf struggling in the rain the other day. Couldn't even keep up with traffic (70mph) with its headlights and wipers (and presumably defroster) on. I don't really mind how ugly it is, but its range and capabilities are underwhelming.


RE: Market and price betterer
By othercents on 7/6/2012 8:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
its range and capabilities are underwhelming.


I think this is exactly why most EVs are not doing so well. They are for a very specific market of people who own two vehicles and drive short distances to work, but in reality people want the option for longer range. This is where the PHEVs at this point are going to outsell the EVs unless some breakthrough in battery technology comes out.

The bad on the Volt is only having 2 seats in the back row. I can't buy one, but hopefully the new Ford PHEVs will be better to handle my family.


RE: Market and price betterer
By Chadder007 on 7/5/2012 10:48:33 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I think they want some of these cars to be as ugly as possible, so that they won't sell.


RE: Market and price betterer
By NellyFromMA on 7/5/2012 1:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't Nissan also design the body of the leaf? If so, that can't be in their defense, its further to their detriment.


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