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The Nissan Leaf bests the Chevy Volt in June 2011 sales

The results from June 2011 have come in from around the US auto industry and for the third month in a row, the 2011 Nissan Leaf has outsold the Chevy Volt – now giving the Leaf the advantage in annual sales volume as well.


In June 2011, the Nissan Leaf saw 1,708 units leave dealerships around the United States while the 2011 Chevrolet Volt sent out just 561 examples during the same period of time. This is the third consecutive month where Nissan has beaten Chevrolet in the battle of the big name electric vehicles and with the expansive gap in sales this month, Nissan now leads the overall race in 2011 sales by a margin of 3,875 to 2,745. This is probably pretty disappointing to GM after they stormed out to a pretty decent lead in total sales and had a chance to widen the gap thanks to the Japanese disasters but Nissan has pulled through it all and managed to pass GM in units sold.

While Nissan has pulled ahead in the overall battle with GM, the Japanese automaker is still a long way from reaching their goal of 20,000 vehicles delivered in 2011. After June, the Leaf is still 16,125 units away from achieving their original delivery goal and with only half a year left, Nissan needs to be closer to 3,000 units a month to reach the 20,000 Leaf plateau.

On the other hand, General Motors has planned renovations and investments to increase the output of the Volt and other Volt based models like the European Opel Ampera but that only does so much good for the company if the vehicles aren’t selling better. Considering the fact that the Volt offers far more versatility than the Leaf, it looks as though consumers are leaning towards limits with a lower price than paying more money for more freedom. It will be interesting to see in the coming months how General Motors responds to the difference in sales figures between the two if the current trend continues.

Other June Sales News:
GM leads the US industry in June 2011 sales
General Motors stock rebounding from June lows
Lincoln shows growth, helps Ford in June 2011 sales race
Chrysler leads the industry in June 2011 growth
Mustang battles back, beats Camaro, Challenger and 370Z in June 2011


Anonymous (not verified)    July 5, 2011 - 6:31PM

The article is a little misleading. Chevy is selling every Volt it produces. We'll have a better picture once production ramps up.

Henry Pinney (not verified)    July 11, 2011 - 3:28AM

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The above post is an obvious lie, as evidenced by the ad in this article for the " Volt Clearance Sale". The Volt is the stupidest expression of religious environmentalism I have ever seen.

MrEnergyCzar (not verified)    July 5, 2011 - 11:24PM

The Volt plant (Detroit-Hamtramck) was closed in June for re-tooling and to triple production and will re-open in late July. Every Volt has been sold, I've been waiting for mine since 2010 and live in one of the 6 early release states... I'm surprised this article was approved for print. Very sloppy....

my2cents (not verified)    July 15, 2011 - 9:52AM

Comparing a Leaf with a Volt is like comparing a Vespa with a Harley RoadKing: sure they both have the same number of wheels but beyond that they are marketed at two totally different niche markets.