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Down To The Wire: Chevy Volt Edges Out Nissan Leaf For Second Straight Month

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On: Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Down To The Wire: Chevy Volt Edges Out Nissan Leaf For Second Straight Month

The Nissan Leaf may have dominated during the meat of the year, but the Chevy Volt is picking up its sales pace when it matters most. The Volt outsold the Leaf in November, leading to its second straight monthly lead. However, it will likely be too little too late for the Volt, as the Leaf leads by nearly 2,000 sales on the year.

Chevy sold 1,139 units in November, a slight increase from the 1,108 that it sold in October. Nissan, on the other hand, sold only 672 Leafs in November, a slide from the 849 that it sold last month.

Over the past three months, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt have flip-flopped in sales. In August, the Leaf easily beat the Volt with 1,362 sales to 302. In September, Chevy rebounded from distribution issues experienced over the summer by more than doubling its sales to 723. Meanwhile, the Leaf slid to 1,031. During October, the Chevy surpassed the Nissan for the first time since early 2011, selling 1,108 Volts to 849 Leafs.

As we see from November's numbers, the Leaf is continuing to slide while the Volt is gaining strength.

Both Chevy and Nissan have been quick to minimize any perceived sales race, but the Volt and Leaf's roles as the first mass-market electric-driven vehicles and their launch dates within days of each other make it difficult to ignore. The cars each offer unique solutions to green, electric-powered driving, so it's also interesting to see whether the more expensive, more practical series hybrid or the less expensive, greener-driving electric vehicle is winning the hearts, minds and wallets of consumers.

Though Chevy has had a strong late-year showing, Nissan still leads Chevy by more than 2,500 sales going into the last month of the year. A total of 8,720 Leafs have left dealer lots compared to 6,142 Volts. For Chevy to beat Nissan, it would need to more than double--probably about triple--its strong November sales. That seems quite unlikely at this point.

Also unlikely is either automaker reaching its respective 10,000 sales goal. With Nissan sales on the slide, we'd expect to see total 2011 Leaf sales in the low to mid 9,000s. Chevy's recent surge still leaves it nearly 4,000 units shy of the 10,000 mark, so it's unlikely to get all that close, even with another good month.



Stephy21 | 10:15AM (Wed, Dec 14, 2011)

Both of these cars are really great, they bring alot of different things to the table.

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