In August, Nissan logged another solid month in Japan with 938 LEAF registrations. YTD numbers are at about the same as last year at 7,658.
According to JADA, sales of new vehicles in Japan fell 6.4% in August to 217,411 units (without the kei-car category included), but passenger vehicle sales fell 7.9% to 188,867. This has allowed the LEAF to now capture around 0.5% of the market of full-size passenger cars.
What is interesting is that Nissan grew as a brand by 3.3% to 32,442 in August, when Toyota and Honda fell respectively by 12.5% to 101,404 and 22.1% to 18,985.
For Nissan alone, sales of EVs account for almost 3% in Japan.
Sales of kei-cars (with 660 cc engines) increased by 7.9% to 149,343, so Mitsubishi with its 134 copies sold of its MiEV-family of electric doesn't even control 0.1% of that segment.
Back to Nissan, August is probably the best month ever for the LEAF, not only in US, but almost everywhere around the globe. With 2,420 in US, 938 in Japan and 448 in Norway, the total comes to 3,806 in one single month. With other markets added in, LEAF sales for sure were beyond the 4,000-unit mark.
Who knows, with well over 75,000 LEAF on the roads and four month of high sales, maybe Nissan will be able to reach 100,000 EVs by the end of this year?