2011 Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf

In the battle for plug-in vehicle sales supremacy, the electric-only Nissan Leaf has emerged on top for the month of June, beating the Chevrolet Volt for three consecutive months (April, May and June).

Nissan
is proud to make known that it sold 1,708 Leafs in the U.S. in June, a sizable increase over the 1,142 electric hatchbacks the Japanese automaker sold in May and nearly three times the 573 Leafs sold in April. Overall, 2011 sales of the Leaf now total 3,875 in the U.S., compared to 2,745 Chevy Volts.

On the flip side, General Motors has announced that U.S. sales of the plug-in hybrid Volt rang in at 561 in June. If you recall, back in early March, GM told us that a decline in Volt sales was imminent due to the automaker shipping some 300 Volts to dealers to use as demo vehicles. That's why Volt sales slipped from 608 in March to 493 in April. This time 'round – despite extensive retooling at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant – sales of the Volt in June increased by 80 units, compared to the 481 The General sold in May.

Notice a trend? Will the Leaf retain its spot as the U.S.' best-selling plug-in vehicle for the month of July? Or will it be the Volt that rises back to the top? We reckon that, come this time next month, the Leaf will still reign supreme. What's your guess?

[Source: Nissan, General Motors]
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NISSAN NORTH AMERICA REPORTS SALES UP 11.4% IN JUNE

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported June U.S. sales of 71,941 units versus 64,570 units a year earlier, an increase of 11.4 percent. Nissan Division sales increased 16.7 percent for the month at 65,659 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles decreased 24.3 percent from the prior year, to 6,282 units.

For 2011, NNA sales have increased 14.7 percent to 504,973 units. Nissan Division deliveries are up 16.5 percent, while Infiniti sales are flat in the first half of the calendar year, against the same period in 2010.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Nissan vehicles posted June sales of 65,659 units, an increase of 16.7 percent over the 56,266 units sold in June 2010.

Sales of the Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle reached a new high, with 1,708 units delivered in June, for a total of 3,875 deliveries in 2011.

Nissan Rogue set a new June record, at 7,493 units.

Nissan Sentra sales increased 30.5 percent over a year ago, with 8,077 deliveries.
Deliveries of the Nissan Frontier increased 51.7 percent over June 2010.

"Nissan saw substantial growth for both our car and truck lineups over a year ago," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "Deliveries of the Nissan LEAF topped 1,700 units, our best ever month, as we focus on fulfilling the demand of an enthusiastic and growing group of consumers eager to make the switch to a 100-percent electric car."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

Infiniti today reported sales of 6,282 units in June, down 24.3 percent versus 8,304 units a year earlier, due to limited supply. Full production has resumed in Japan and more than 10,000 new Infiniti units are expected to arrive at Infiniti retailers in July.
Sales of the new Infiniti QX full-size luxury SUV increased 27.5 percent in June to 839 units, while its year-to-date sales of 5,633 are up 27.0 percent
Infiniti G Sedan sales of 2,641 for the month supported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase for that model.

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. June 2011 had 26 selling days, while June 2010 had 25 selling days.

About Nissan Americas
In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information, including photos and video b-roll, on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.