Nissan LEAF Sales “Skyrocket” to Record High in Canada in March


Nissan is on a roll.

Yesterday, the Japanese automaker announced that US sales of its electric LEAF soared to a record high of 2,236 units in March 2013.  Today, the story is almost the same in Canada.

2013 Nissan LEAF

2013 Nissan LEAF

Nissan Canada released sales numbers for March 2013 and its LEAF shattered an existing record there, too.

LEAF sales for March in Canada soared to 82 units, which might seem low, but is indeed an all-time high for LEAF sales in a single month in Canada.

In fact, at 82 units, LEAF sales improved by 310 % over the 20 units sold in March 2012.

Canadian year-to-date  deliveries of the Nissan LEAF now check in at 156 units for, up 129.4 % compared to the first three months in 2012 when sales totaled only 68 units.

Of course, it’s easy to say that 82 units sold in March doesn’t matter much compared to the 2,236 LEAFs sold in the US, but it’s the dramatic year-over-year increase (310%) that’s more important here, as that figure shows the LEAF is gaining traction among our neighbors to the north.

Part of the salse bump can also be attributed to clear-out deals on remaining 2012 inventory (something the US is practically out of now).  New 2013 inventory is expected at dealerships in May, and then we should see even more acceptance for Nissan’s EV.  A pricing announcement on Canadian LEAFs is also expected shortly.

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LOL….ok that’s funny. ‘…Skyrocket to Record High’……with 82 sales. But that is 45 more sales than last month. It’s getting warmer in Canada, so it must be helping them ‘warm up’ to an EV.

Canadians probably don’t like the Leaf. They would prefer some global warming since their country would probably benefit from it.

Maybe they should make a Maple version?

I’ll bet sales would have been even higher if they had made the 2013 model available at pricing equivalent to the US price. We’re waiting to be able to buy either a 2013 Leaf or 2013 GM Spark (which is only available for fleet purchases right now).

We live in Canada and we hate climate change. 😉


The 2013 MY won’t be able in Canada until May/June per Nissan Canada. Their sales so far this year have been on the heavily discounted 2012 models.

Wait until the 2013s arrive, then we will start seeing the sales numbers really rise!

Looks like Ford reported their EV/Plug-in Hybrid breakout for March.

C-MAX Energi: 494 (160 more than Feb)

Fusion Energi: 295 (176 more than Feb)

Focus Electric: 180 (22 more than Feb)

Wow, that’s a huge difference between the Leaf and the Ford Focus.

Wait, are those US sales of the Focus Electric, or Canadian sales?