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Race To The Finish: Chevy Volt Tops Nissan Leaf In October

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On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Race To The Finish: Chevy Volt Tops Nissan Leaf In October

After months of Nissan Leaf domination in the sales race between the Leaf and Chevy Volt, the Volt is back, beating the Leaf in October sales. With only two months to go before the full year is over, the Chevy Volt's sales are on the rise.

Chevy sold a total of 1,108 Volts in October, an increase from the 723 it sold in September. That number easily beat the 849 Leafs that Nissan sold during October. While Chevy has experienced a sales increase for two months in a row (it sold just 302 models in August), Nissan Leaf sales have slid during that same period (from 1,031 in September and 1,362 in August).

Despite those trends, the Nissan Leaf still has a major lead on the Volt in terms of full-year sales. After 10 months of 2011 sales, Nissan has sold 8,048 Leaf models compared to 5,003 Volts sold by Chevy.

Both companies have expressed goals of around 10,000 models for 2011, and it looks like Nissan will get very close if not meet that goal. Chevy, on the other hand, will need to more than double September's sales in both November and December if it expects to sell 10,000 Volts this year.

Last month, Chevy expressed confidence that it would meet its goal and said that sales should be stronger for the rest of the year because it worked out some production/distribution issues over the summer. While September's sales were strong, they weren't quite strong enough to put it on the fast track to 10,000.

Both companies have downplayed the sales race, preferring to focus on their own respective efforts and products, but it's hard to ignore the story since the two first mainstream plug-ins hit the market within days of each other last December.

Just two months left...



Stephy21 | 10:02AM (Mon, Nov 14, 2011)

Its always competition between car dealerships. It never fails.

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