Japan Plug-In Electric Car Sales Down Again In February, But Nissan Crosses 50,000 LEAFs Sold
Not good news coming from Japan in 2015 as the overall automotive market is shrinking. Sales of cars fell by almost 17% year-over-year to 249,565 in February, while kei cars (engines up to 660 cm3) fell over 15% to 193,755.
Plug-in electric car sales are down year-over-year together with the rest of the market.
Nissan sold some 1,612 LEAFs, which is a decent result, but still 15% less than in February 2014.
Total sales of LEAF in Japan crossed 50,000 in February. In the US, Nissan reached 75,000 LEAFs sold in March. Also in March, Europe exceeded 35,000 LEAFs sold, which together brings us to over 160,000 out of the nearly 170,000 LEAFs sold worldwide.
The other best selling plug-in car, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, fell significantly last month to 603, compared to 1,630 in February of last year. This is Outlander PHEV’s fourth big drop in a row.
Mitsubishi is finding a lot more sales of Outlander PHEV in Europe.
All-electric i-MiEVs and Minicabs-MiEV stay at a stable level of sales – 159.
No report on Tesla Model S, Nissan e-NV200 nor BMW i3 yet detected by us.
Plug-in car market share in Japan remains low at a few tenths of one percent.