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GM and Nissan lead the plug-in vehicle sales charts

Normal service was resumed during the final month of 2012: as General Motors once again established itself as the leader of the pack in terms of plug-in vehicle sales.

During the month, GM sold 2,633 units of the Chevrolet Volt (pictured) in the USA: that’s up by 72.2 per cent compared to the same month the previous year. Over the year as a whole, GM has sold 23,461 Volts – up 205.8 per cent – giving it a dominant position in the market. Overall, GM deliveries were up by 4.9 per cent compared to the same month in 2011 and it was GM’s best retail sales month of 2012: increasing by 38 per cent compared to November.

Chevrolet Volt in silver

Its nearest rival in the plug-in vehicle market during the month was Nissan – which posted 1,489 sales of the Nissan LEAF during December. That’s a 56.1 per cent increase compared to the same month in the previous year. Overall sales of the Nissan LEAF in 2012 reached 9,819 units: up by 1.5 per cent compared to 2011. Overall, Nissan enjoyed a record year in the USA with sales of 1,141,566 units: an increase of 9.5 per cent compared to 2011 and the first time the Nissan brand has topped the one million marker for a calendar year.

For the year as a whole, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle was the second best-selling plug-in model behind the Chevrolet Volt. It dropped to third place in December with 1,361 units sold: but reached 12,750 units overall for 2012. The Prius family as a whole sold 20,040 units during December – up 17.9 per cent – and enjoyed a 73.4 per cent leap in sales compared to 2011.

Indeed it was good news for Toyota overall, with its hybrid sales reaching 327,413 units: up 83.3 per cent compared to 2011. The Prius family accounted for around 80 per cent of its hybrid car sales. Meanwhile, Toyota reported annual sales of 2,082,504 vehicles: up by 26.6 per cent.

Ford meanwhile, suffered a drop in sales of its C-MAX Energi after a strong start in November. It sold 971 units during December compared to 1,259 units in November. This means sales were at 2,374 for the short period it has been on sale in 2012. Ford Focus Electric sales meanwhile reached 167 in December or 685 units for the year. In addition, Ford posted 3,244 sales of the Ford Fusion Hybrid during December, reaching 14,100 for the year: Ford’s overall hybrid sales were up 29 per cent compared to 2011 at 35,034 models. Ford’s overall sales were up 40 per cent for the year.

Finally, Honda sold just 19 units of the Fit EV during December: a yearly total of 93 units. Honda actually enjoyed an overall sales increase of 24.0 per cent compared to 2011 with sales reaching 1,422,785 units during 2012. Its full year sales of the Civic Hybrid were up 52.2 per cent to 7,156 units; while sales of the Insight Hybrid were down 62.4 per cent to 5,846 units; and sales of the CR-Z dropped 63 per cent to 4,192 units. Meanwhile, the company also sold five FCX Clarity Hydrogen Fuel cell models: up from just two in 2011.

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Paul Lucas

Filed under: Electric cars, Hybrid cars, Nissan, Honda, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, GM

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