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Official: Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf both set new montly sales records, 3,351 vs 2,420

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September 4, 2013 by  

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It’s been a while since the Chevy Volt has has a headline-worthy sales month, but with 3,351 units sold in August, General Motors figures now is the time to trumpet how the plug-in hybrid is doing in the marketplace (see press release below). In the US, the Volt had an 18.4 percent increase over August 2012 numbers, and easily beating the Volt’s previous best sales month from October 2012, when 2,961 were sold. For the year, the Volt has so far sold 14,994 units, 11.1 percent more than the same time in 2012.

Interestingly, the Nissan Leaf also hit a new US sales record in August, but it wasn’t enough to outsell the Chevy. Still, with 2,420 of the EVs moving off the lot. that’s a 253.3 percent year-over-year increase and moves the Leaf’s year-to-date total to 14,123.

Sales of these plug-in vehicles are increasing thanks to serious price reductions.

Sales of both of these plug-in vehicles, the dynamic duo of the new breed, are increasing in part thanks to serious price reductions. The Leaf dropped its price and started domestic production at the beginning of the year, and the Volt finally followed suit last month (but the MSRP decrease was $5,000, compared to $6,400 for the base model of the Leaf). Even in a market of cheap-to-lease EVs, it’s good to see the original plug-in vehicles selling more than ever.

As always, we will have a detailed report on last month’s green car sales, including other plug-in models, soon. Except, of course, the list will be missing information on the Tesla Model S, since Tesla doesn’t play the monthly sales numbers game.

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