2012 Top 1,000 Global Sales List: Chevy Volt Ranks 432, Nissan LEAF 468, Renault Twizy 626, Mitsubishi i-MiEV 645, Tesla Model S 730

MAR 28 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Chevrolet Volt:  Top Selling Plug-In Vehicle In 9 Of 12 Months In 2012 in US

Chevrolet Volt: Top Selling Plug-In Vehicle In 9 Of 12 Months In 2012 in US

Wow…Simply wow!!!

2013 Nissan LEAF

2013 Nissan LEAF

Giving credit where it’s due, the staff at Best Selling Cars Blog, along with assistance from a gent by the name of Austin Rutherford, presented a comprehensive list of the Top 1,000 (actually, its a Top 937, as that’s all the vehicles that exist with sales data) best-selling vehicles worldwide in 2012.

This truly comprehensive list is so mind-boggling long that we can’t even imagine the hours or days it took to compile.

When the excruciating data crunching ended, the list emerged.  We scanned it for plug-in vehicles and, though a few of the figures don’t precisely line up with what we believe 2012 worldwide sales to be for a some vehicles, here’s a look at some notably entries found in the Top 1,000 list:

  • Chevy Volt/ Opel-Vauxhall Ampera: Sales 31,400 Units – Rank Overall: 432nd Place
  • Nissan LEAF: Sales 26,566 Units – Rank Overall: 468th Place
  • Renault Twizy: Sales 9,020 Units – Rank Overall: 626th Place
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Sales 7,917 Units – Rank Overall: 645th Place
  • Tesla Model S: Sales 2,650 Units -Rank Overall: 730th Place
  • Renault Fluence: Sales 1,407 Units -Rank Overall: 779th Place*
  • Fisker Karma: Sales 1,073 Units – Rank Overall: 797th Place
  • Tesla Roadster: Sales 132 Units – Rank Overall: 881st Place
  • Renault Zoe: Sales 60 Units – Rank Overall: 902nd Place

Our eyes were burning when perusing this exhaustive list, so if we missed a vehicle or two, we apologize.  Maybe we omitted a couple on purpose.  Who knows?

Note: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sales were included in conventional Prius sales in this Top 1,000 list, so we didn’t break out its results here.

* not originally listed/broken down, but we added their sales and approximate position

via Best Selling Cars Blog

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5 Comments on "2012 Top 1,000 Global Sales List: Chevy Volt Ranks 432, Nissan LEAF 468, Renault Twizy 626, Mitsubishi i-MiEV 645, Tesla Model S 730"

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So the PiP isn’t on the list?

Jay Cole

Sorry no, Toyota is not keen on breaking out PiP sales it seems, so it would be really hard to get a worldwide sales figure for inside calendar year 2012. I imagine they would be in the 500-range.

What about the Ford Focus EV? Was it just combined with the regular Focus #’s? Same with the C-max Energi? Rav4? Fit EV?

Emc2

Your summary missed the Citroen C-Zero (3,152) and the Peugeot iOn (3,095). These rebadged cars raised i-MiEV family sales to 14,164 units for 2012 (just as you add up Volt and Amperas).

And for those wondering about the PiP, last time Toyota reported global sales (http://www2.toyota.co.jp/en/news/12/11/1108_1.html), 21,600 units have been sold worldwide by Oct/Nov 2012, making it the third best selling PEV, with the i-MiEV family ranking fourth in 2012 sales, and the Twizy in fifth place, not third as shown above.

Emc2

According to Bloomberg, 27,181 Prius PHVs were sold worldwide in 2012 (see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-12/gm-s-chevy-volt-outsold-nissan-leaf-last-year-bnef-says.html), so, actually it was the second best selling PEV in 2012!