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Chevrolet Volt Sales Top Nissan Leaf for Fifth Straight Month

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Chevrolet Volt Sales Top Nissan Leaf for Fifth Straight Month

What a turnaround the Chevrolet Volt has experienced in the past few months.

Just back in March, the American automaker had to halt its production in order to curb rising inventories, and now the extended range plug-in’s sales have topped the Nissan Leaf EV for the fifth month in a row.

Perhaps it’s another indication that pure electric vehicles aren’t quite catching on as quickly as some automakers had hoped, but the Leaf sold a meager 535 units last month compared to the Volt’s 1,760. In total, Chevrolet has managed to sell 8,817 Volts in 2012, surpassing last year’s total by a wide margin with six months to go in the year.

Nissan, on the other hand, is still planning that both deliveries and sales in the U.S. will pick up once the automaker’s Tennessee plant opens later this year. But there’s no denying the fact that the sales figures are staggering and eye-opening; for 2012 3,148 Leafs have moved off dealership lots – a 19 percent decrease from the first half of last year.