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Sales of the Chevrolet Volt have fluctuating wildly recently between record months (October 2012, when 2,961 were sold or December 2012 with 2,633) and noticeable slumps (1,519 Volt sales in November). Last month, January 2013, was one of the down months, with just 1,140 Volts sold across the US. Still, this is better than the 603 Volts sold in January 2012.

As for the Nissan Leaf, we're in a transition period between model years. We recently heard that Nissan is almost sold all of 2012 Leafs in the US and has started making the much cheaper 2013 MY in Smyrna, TN. That said, the company moved just 650 Leafs in January, down 3.8 percent from the 676 sold in January 2012. Nissan sold 1,489 Leafs in December and 9,819 in all of last year. Nissan spokesman Travis Parman told AutoblogGreen that the downturn was due, in part, to "a shortage of inventory during the transition to U.S. assembly of the 2013 model year Nissan Leaf'"

Stay tuned for our more detailed report on last month's green car sales.
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GM's U.S. Sales Increase 16 Percent in January

2013-02-01

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that it sold 194,699 vehicles in the United States in January, up 16 percent compared with a year ago. Retail sales were up 24 percent. Fleet sales were down 2 percent.

"The year is off to a very good start for General Motors," said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. "There's a sense of optimism among our dealers that only comes when you pair a growing economy with great new products. We started to see the benefits in 2012 with vehicles like the Chevrolet Sonic, Cadillac ATS and Buick Verano. Now in 2013, we're entering the sweet spot of our product plan in a growing economy."

Over the course of 2013, Chevrolet will launch the all-new Impala, SS, Silverado and Corvette, as well as the Cruze diesel and Spark EV. Buick is launching the Encore small crossover, followed by redesigns of the Regal and LaCrosse. GMC will launch an all-new Sierra. Cadillac will launch an all-new CTS.

January Highlights
  • Total Cadillac sales were up 47 percent, the brand had its highest January retail sales in 23 years and the ATS was named 2013 North American Car of the Year.
  • Year-over-year sales were up 32 percent at Buick, 23 percent at GMC and 11 percent at Chevrolet.
  • Car sales were up 12 percent compared with a year ago. Truck sales were up 13 percent and crossover sales were up 27 percent.
  • Sales of GM's full-size pickups were up 32 percent to 50,230 units and inventories are in-line with the company's sales and production plans for 2013.
  • Buick's best-selling vehicles in January were the redesigned Enclave crossover, up 57 percent, and the all-new Verano.
  • Combined sales of Chevrolet's mini, small and compact cars surpassed 25,000 units and were up 18 percent.
  • Chevrolet Malibu sales have increased each month since November, and were up 8 percent year over year in both total and retail sales.

Highlights

Jan. Total Sales

Change vs. Jan. 2012

Jan. Retail Sales

Change vs. Jan. 2012

Chevrolet

137,304

10.9%

92,394

18.2%

GMC

30,816

23.4%

28,464

31.5%

Buick

13,463

31.9%

12,418

30.4%

Cadillac

13,116

47.0%

12,341

47.4%

Total GM

194,699

15.9%

145,617

23.7%



Inventory

Units @

Jan. 31, 2013

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

Units @

Dec. 31, 2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

All Vehicles

737,885

95

717,025

76

Full-size Pickups

234,342

117

221,649

80



Industry Sales

Jan. SAAR (est.)

Calendar Year (est.)

Light Vehicles

15.3 million range

15.0 – 15.5 million range


General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Nissan Reports U.S. Sales Up 2 Percent in January
  • Nissan division led by strong gains by Pathfinder and Sentra records division's best January ever
  • Infiniti up on heavy demand for JX, QX

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported January U.S. sales of 80,919 units versus 79,313 units a year earlier, up 2 percent. Nissan Division sales in January totaled 73,793, up 1.8 percent over the prior year making it the division's best January ever. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were 7,126, an increase of 4.9 percent over last January.

NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

Pathfinder SUV sales rose 202 percent to 6,281 units, led by the all-new 2013 Pathfinder that went on sale in November.
Sales of the Sentra, led by the all-new 2013 model, totaled 8,979 units, marking an increase of 27 percent year-over-year.
Versa, the industry's leading subcompact, delivered 10,270 sales, up 9 percent versus last year making for its best January ever.
Based on a shortage of inventory during the transition to U.S. assembly of the all-electric 2012 model year Nissan LEAF, the vehicle recorded sales of 650 units in January, down 3.8 percent from the prior year. The 2012 LEAFs are now almost completely sold out, and the upgraded 2013 LEAF will go on sale later this month.

"Nissan's core products that have been refreshed as part of our sweep of five new models in 15 months continue to deliver solid performance," said Al Castignetti, vice president, Nissan Division.

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

With a 70.1 percent gain for the month, sales of Infiniti luxury crossovers and sport utility vehicles remained strong.
Infiniti QX sales of 1,168 equaled an increase of 14.5 percent in January.
The all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover remains a popular new entry, with sales of 1,970 units in January.

"After a strong close in December, we began our sponsorship of NCAA® Men's Basketball in mid-January, which will continue to help drive traffic to our showrooms through the spring," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "Sales of Infiniti QX luxury SUV and the Infiniti JX crossover continue to bring new shoppers into our showrooms."

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. January had 25 selling days in 2013 and 24 selling days in 2012.

NISSAN DIVISION

Jan

Jan

Monthly

CYTD

CYTD

CYTD

2013

2012

% chg

2013

2012

% chg

Nissan Division Total

73,793

72,517

1.8

73,793

72,517

1.8

Versa

10,270

9,418

9.0

10,270

9,418

9.0

Sentra

8,979

7,066

27.1

8,979

7,066

27.1

Cube

536

461

16.3

536

461

16.3

Altima

21,464

22,357

-4.0

21,464

22,357

-4.0

Maxima

2,992

4,001

-25.2

2,992

4,001

-25.2

LEAF

650

676

-3.8

650

676

-3.8

Juke

2,361

2,330

1.3

2,361

2,330

1.3

370Z

331

417

-20.6

331

417

-20.6

GT-R

48

20

140.0

48

20

140.0

Total Car

47,631

46,746

1.9

47,631

46,746

1.9

Frontier

2,624

3,782

-30.6

2,624

3,782

-30.6

Titan

1,394

1,306

6.7

1,394

1,306

6.7

Xterra

997

1,461

-31.8

997

1,461

-31.8

Pathfinder

6,281

2,081

201.8

6,281

2,081

201.8

Armada

1,198

1,402

-14.6

1,198

1,402

-14.6

Rogue

8,951

9,904

-9.6

8,951

9,904

-9.6

Murano

2,996

3,895

-23.1

2,996

3,895

-23.1

Quest

978

1,184

-17.4

978

1,184

-17.4

NV

743

756

-1.7

743

756

-1.7

Total Truck

26,162

25,771

1.5

26,162

25,771

1.5

North American produced

56,942

53,630

6.2

56,942

53,630

6.2

Car

43,705

42,842

2.0

43,705

42,842

2.0

Truck

13,237

10,788

22.7

13,237

10,788

22.7

Import

16,851

18,887

-10.8

16,851

18,887

-10.8

Car

3,926

3,904

0.6

3,926

3,904

0.6

Truck

12,925

14,983

-13.7

12,925

14,983

-13.7

INFINITI DIVISION

Jan

Jan

Monthly

CYTD

CYTD

CYTD

2013

2012

% chg

2013

2012

% chg

Infiniti Division Total

7,126

6,796

4.9

7,126

6,796

4.9

G Sedan

2,184

2,957

-26.1

2,184

2,957

-26.1

G Coupe

631

859

-26.5

631

859

-26.5

M

413

700

-41.0

413

700

-41.0

QX56

1,168

1,020

14.5

1,168

1,020

14.5

JX

1,970

0

n/a

1,970

0

n/a

EX

168

318

-47.2

168

318

-47.2

FX

592

942

-37.2

592

942

-37.2

Total Car

3,228

4,516

-28.5

3,228

4,516

-28.5

Total Truck

3,898

2,280

71.0

3,898

2,280

71.0

NISSAN & INFINITI

Jan

Jan

Monthly

CYTD

CYTD

CYTD

2013

2012

% chg

2013

2012

% chg

TOTAL VEHICLE

80,919

79,313

2.0

80,919

79,313

2.0

Total Car

50,859

51,262

-0.8

50,859

51,262

-0.8

Total Truck

30,060

28,051

7.2

30,060

28,051

7.2

Selling days

25

24

25

24

* All numbers include Hawaii



About Nissan North America
In North America, 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 has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.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 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.6 million vehicles in 2011. 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.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.