It is a close race between the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. New Nissan sales numbers show the Volt’s only outsold the Leaf by two cars since 2010. We’re talking the Volt’s 74, 592 vehicles to the Leaf’s 74,590 units.
Both electric-hybrid vehicles launched in 2010 and the Volt took an easy lead right out of the gate. But the Leaf’s been making gains overall. However, both automakers saw a recent drop in sales and one reason for that is better gas prices.
Meanwhile, the GM Authority blog reports that current resale values of the Volt are plunging. In fact, it uses the phrase “nearing a rock bottom.” It’s due to a number of reasons according to the Wall Street Journal, some of them being pre-owned sales of these vehicles aren’t encouraged and also consumers worry about long-term maintenance costs when they step out of warranties. One big concern is the cost to replace expensive batteries.
It’s an issue that will plague dealers, especially when you consider that 49 percent of Volts registered in 2014 were leases. That number goes up to 85 percent for the Leaf.
Meanwhile, Chevy’s next-gen Volt model goes on sale during the second half of 2015. The automaker recently rolled out the 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, along with its electric Bolt Concept that’s it’s now committed to building.
The new Volt will get even more EV range and better fuel economy in extended range. GM says owners should get more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups.
“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”
As for the Nissan Leaf, it had a record sales year in 2014 and recently won the 2014 IHS Automotive Loyalty Award.
“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for Nissan LEAF. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF because of its many financial benefits, fun-to-drive nature and roomy interior. Our LEAF fans are some of the most loyal customers in the world, and we’re thrilled to see that validated with this IHS award.”
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