Leaf beats Volt again in April

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Nissan Leaf beat out the Chevrolet Volt in sales during April, as many potential buyers were attracted to its lower price. 

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Volt sales fell 11 percent in April on year-over-year comparison, as the Leaf outsold it for the second consecutive month. The Chevrolet Volt can travel 38 miles on its battery before the small gasoline engine takes over, while the Leaf can go 75 miles on one charge. 

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"Nissan has been so aggressive that they're almost giving them away," Jack Nerad, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, told the news source. "That's certainly had some effect on Volt sales, although General Motors has certainly been pretty aggressive with Volt over time. I think the larger factor might be fuel prices being stable or going down."

Nissan cut the price of the Leaf by $6,000 in January to $28,800. A Volt is priced at nearly $40,000. 

That's not the only vehicle Nissan lowered the price for. According to the Detroit Free Press, Nissan has cut prices on six other models, and Jose Munoz, Nissan senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, said the vehicles receiving the price cuts account for 65 percent of Nissan's sales across the country.