Why Chevrolet Volt Still Outsells Prius Prime, Chevy Bolt EV & Nissan Leaf

Mar 04, 2017 07:01 AM EST | Joyce Vega


Chevrolet Volt’s sales were up 62-percent over January 2016’s sales. But in January 2017, Chevrolet Volt sales were down from December’s all-time record 3,681 sales. The sales were also lower for Tesla Model S and X, Nissan Leaf, and other electric vehicles.

According to Hybrid Cars, Chevrolet Volt sold 1,611 units in January and they were enough to put it in the first place. General Motors made a push and the Volt’s 24,739 sales in 2016 exceeded previous highs in 2012 and 2013 in the 23,000 range. On the other hand, Tesla set a record of 29,156 Model S sales, and 18,023 Model X sales. The Model X sold 3.330 units in December. Nissan Leaf’s sales were also down. It had 1,899 sales in December, but only 772 in January. The sales may be down because the buyers are expecting the revised 2018 model. Chevrolet Bolt was January’s fourth best seller with 1,162 units sold.

Green Car Reports reported on the plug-in hybrid sales for January 2017. Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid version sold 1,820 units that brought the year-to-date number to 3,431. Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid sold 1,362 units in January, for a year-to-date total of 2,728. The Audi A3 e-Tron plug-hybrid logged 400 deliveries last month, its second-best monthly number since it went on sale in December 2016.
Volkswagen e-Golf sold 293 units, and the BMW i3 sold 318 units in February 2017. The sales are low because both vehicles have updated 2017 versions with higher ranges that haven’t reached the dealers yet.

Mercedes-Benz has the largest number of entries amongst plug-in hybrids from luxury brands. They delivered 59 GLE plug-in mid-size SUVs, 51 units from its large S-Class sedan, and 51 units of their smaller C-Class sedan in plug-in form. They also sold 56 units of their B-Class electric car.
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid sold 121 units, and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe sold 58 units.

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