Nissan LEAF Was Automaker’s Best Selling Model in 2 US Markets in October

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 20

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF was Norway’s best-selling passenger vehicle in October.

2013 Nissan LEAF

2013 Nissan LEAF

Meanwhile, in the US, the LEAF was tops too, but in a different sort of way.

The Nissan LEAF was Nissan’s best-selling model in the US markets of Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington in October.

In those 2 markets, the LEAF outsold the Altima, Maxima, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, Cube and and so on.

Seattle has always been a leading LEAF markets.  As of late, Atlanta has been near the top of the LEAF sales charts, too.

Below you’ll find Nissan’s September graphic for “Top 10” LEAF markets.  Nissan has not released an updated October graphic.

LEAF Top 10 September

LEAF Top 10 September

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20 responses to "Nissan LEAF Was Automaker’s Best Selling Model in 2 US Markets in October"

  1. David Murray says:

    It could be the top selling car in every US market if people weren’t so ignorant.

    1. Anon says:

      Agreed.

      But they could sell even more EVs if they weren’t so ugly…. Here’s to hoping for a redesigned Leaf 2.0…

      1. John Hansen says:

        I’ve never understood some peoples’ vitriolic reaction to the Leaf’s appearance. If anything it looks completely normal. No better or worse than a Camry, or any other affordable family hauler. There is nothing that sticks out as being particularly ugly or beautiful. Maybe people are comparing it to the Model S, which is a truly handsome car?

        Fwiw, I own a Volt.

        1. Nate says:

          Yep. I’m not a big fan of the front end styling, but that is the case for many compact to mid sized cars these days.

        2. ModernMarvelFan says:

          It is NOT the prettiest duck on the road, but it is FAR from the uglist.

          I think LEAF is better looking than Prius.

    2. Rick says:

      Great way to talk people into adopting your viewpoint. Insult them.

    3. Spec9 says:

      Meh. A short-range econobox EV doesn’t work for everyone. But it certainly could be used by a lot more people.

    4. Nate says:

      Its ignorant to ignore that this car doesn’t work well in some markets. I like the car a lot, but it doesn’t make sense for everyone. There are locations that this car makes a ton of sense for a decent % of the population, and locations where it makes a lot less sense for people. In the northern Rockies and the northern Plains regions you have very different driving patterns. I think about friends and relatives in MT and eastern OR, that do little or no daily driving on the weekdays (because the towns and cities are small), but fairly often need to drive to another town more than 50 miles away. Plus, you have cold winters where the range would take a hit. Range is currently a legitimate issue for many people.

      That said, I would agree that there are more markets the Leaf could do very well in. Portland has been a top 5 market despite having a smaller population than about 20 other U.S. cities, and having a relatively meager tax credit compared to some of the other top markets (none for the car, $750 toward a home charger). I thought Nissan’s marketing has been good in Portland even prior to the launch of the car, and is even stronger today. I’m interested in hearing from people in other medium-large size cities NOT on the top ten list, how is the marketing there?

      1. Ocean Railroader says:

        I know several people at work where as of now the existing Nissan Leaf with it’s 75 mile range would impractical for them in that they have to drive 40 to 60 miles one way to work and another 40 to 60 miles to work in the same day with no charging stations. Even me as a EV supporter I would recommend a plug in hybrid as of now for those people unless the leaf comes out with a 130 to 150 battery range.

        Even as if now I could most likely make one work for what I have now but I still think the extra 50 miles of range would be good in case there is a accident or something that blocks a local road and I have to drive really out of my way sometimes to go around it. In some cases a trip can be doubled do to this factor.

    5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      It could be a top-selling car with 40kWh usable, 0-60 in the 7s, and an actively-temp-managed battery for around $40k..

  2. Rick says:

    I’m finding it difficult to believe that the Leaf outsold the Altima and Sentra in any market.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      In Atlanta, GA, Leaf is basically FREE for 2 out of 3 year lease.

      Altima and Sentra can’t beat “FREE”.

  3. Anon says:

    I can only speak for myself. But for me, it’s the Leaf’s huge bulging headlamps, that make me imagine someone hugged it a little too hard, and the ill-proportioned ballooning rear that makes it appear to be “carrying a load”, as they say. 😉

    In contrast, the new Nissan Note is a far more pleasant and appealing design exercise. I hope they use that as reference for a more appealing, updated Leaf.

    1. Mint says:

      I agree with you. The Note looks pretty decent, and to add to that, Renault’s ZOE looks even better. The Leaf has grown on me a bit, but I still think it’s average looking at best.

      I really hope Nissan pulls out a styling miracle for the next redesign.

  4. Spec9 says:

    Georgia apparently has a very very generous tax-credit that basically pretty much makes the car free if you are replacing a gas guzzler with the Leaf. Between the tax-credit and gasoline savings, you end up paying less money per month with the new Leaf.

  5. Lou Grinzo says:

    When I was finalizing my Leaf lease in March, it occurred to me that for the first time in a VERY long time I really didn’t care what the car looked like. The Leaf isn’t a head turner, to be sure, but I also don’t think it’s nearly as ugly as many people say. I got a red one (“Cayenne”), and it looks fine.

    The uptake of EVs will continue to accelerate across the US as more and more people learn about them, largely through people like those of us who visit this site. I make a point of telling people that my Leaf isn’t “just like a real car”, it’s better. Much quieter, great acceleration and handling, incredibly quiet, and it saves me about 10 cents per mile driven on fuel. If you can live with the range and charging requirements, it’s a very hard proposition to argue against.

    Look at the bright side: If “everyone” figured it out over night, dealers would be so swamped with orders that they’d be tacking on thousands of dollars in “market adjustment” fees (as Honda dealers did in the early 1980’s) and a lot of us, likely including me, wouldn’t be willing to pay the added cost and wait months to get one.

  6. Ocean Railroader says:

    I have good news I saw a black leaf for the first time driving on my local roads right in the core of Virginia which was amazing considering we are hard core gas in my area. The only question I have though about this leaf encounter if this was the same black leaf owned by the local Nissan dealership or if it was the same one having been sold to someone else who is now driving it around town?

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Atlanta, GA is doing well for LEAF b/c it is pretty much the ONLY BEV in town and that is FREE for 2 out of 3 year lease.

    But if you look at the sales map, most of it are still in CA. The same thing happens in CA. $199/month lease ads are everywhere and you get $2,500 on top of the $199/month lease for 3 years. That is 1 FREE year lease (or free down payment) for 3 year Lease.

    People like “FREE” stuff…

    Remember that Kia and Hyundai had a lot of sales when they offered “FREE GAS” or “FREE” buyback if you lose your job?

    The biggest problem is what will Nissan do once the cars are coming off the LEASE. Can Nissan still afford to keep the low rate going. Today the value of the off lease car is so high that most of the people who lease car will just end up getting a NEW LEAF on the same discount. Those old LEAF (especially with lower range and less efficiency, but higher performance and better crash rating… 2011/2012 vs 2013/2014 model) will be less appealing to the used car buyers.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      If I saw a used Leaf for $9,000 I would buy it so fast if it had DC fast charging on it and at under $10,000 I wouldn’t experimenting with the low range on a older model. I don’t see selling the used ones coming off of lease as a barrier in that there are most likely thousands of people who would want a used one. Also on ebay they are still having bids going into the $16,000 and $17,000 dollar range as we speak.

  8. George B says:

    Amazing, great news! Who would have predicted this just couple of years ago?