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In the 1960′s there was the muscle-car wars, and in the 1980′s it was all about who can sell the most minivans. Now its time for the green-car wars, to see who can sell the most plug-in hybrid or fully electric cars.
The two biggest rivals at the moment are the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. While the Leaf is a fully electric vehicle, the Volt in a plug-in hybrid, so when the battery dies, you can still keep moving, provided you have some gasoline in its tank.
These two vehicles have been going head to head all year, and in America, it is the Leaf that is winning by quite a margin. Nissan has moved 8,720 Leafs thus far, while Chevy had moved just 6,142 Volts in the U.S.
North of the border, there is a different story developing. The Volt is actually outselling the Leaf. Chevy has moved 243 Volts thus far, while only 111 Leafs have found homes in Canada.
Part of the reason the Leaf is having a harder time selling in Canada is because there are only 27 Leaf Certified Dealers in the country, and even they will only sell a car to someone who lives within 42-miles from one of those dealers. The Volt on the other hand is sold through all Chevrolet dealers.
Chevrolet has been dealing with a lot of negative publicity regarding the Volt in recent weeks due to its battery issue, which could result in a fire. This little sales victory in Canada might give the bow-tie boys something to cheer about.
[Source: Auto North]
Audi, which is looking to surpass BMW in the luxury vehicle segment is now aiming at the X6. BMW launched the X6 in 2008, and while it might not be a huge sales success, it has contributed enough to keep BMW SUV/CUV sales ahead of Audi.
So now, Audi is looking to take the challenge to BMW with their own X6 rival, which is expected to be called Q6. It will be more of a coupe off-roader (think a tall A7), and will lure those looking for something different.
According to Audi’s design boss Walter de’Silva, the design for this new vehicle is already signed off. Plus they are also ready for any future new competition from Bavaria. BMW is expected to launch the X4 in the next few years, and Audi is thus also planning for a possible Q4 model to stay competitive.
Currently, the best selling luxury SUV in Europe is the BMW X5. The Audi Q7 is in fifth-place.
[Source: Automotive News]
General Motors has probably put more effort in the Chevrolet Volt project than in any other car they have produced in recent times, and they are adamant about turning it into a success.
The goal is simple, to sell 10,000 Volts this year alone. Till the end of October, GM has sold just 5,003 Volts, so they have a big task ahead of them to reach their goals in just two-months time.
One way GM will get closer to this goal is by allowing its dealers to finally sell their Volt demo vehicles. At launch, GM had mandated that all its Volt dealers would have at least one Volt on hand as a demo, to educate customers on this new product. Now the dealers are allowed to sell everything they got, including the demos. This opens up about 2300 – Volts across the nation.
According to GM spokesman Tom Henderson, 72% of customers who would like to buy a Volt were turned off by the lack of availability. Perhaps these extra demo units will put more people into the driving seat of this innovative new car.
[Source: Automotive News]
A raft of new engines has helped Ford‘s Mustang leapfrog the Chevrolet Camaro in the pony car sales race, the first victory for the Blue Oval since the Camaro’s release last summer. Ford managed to sell 10,225 Mustangs, while Chevy only moved 8,931 ‘Maros in the month of May.
While most critics considered the Mustang to be dynamically superior, the Camaro was always a favorite with consumers due to the big power and aggressive styling. Now that Ford has leveled the playing field with their 3.7L V6 and the nostalgia-evoking 5.0L V8, the Mustang has the chops to take on the Camaro, and consumers are noticing.