Nissan LEAF Sets Monthly Sales Record For 14th Month In A Row In April
Nissan LEAF sales records continue to fall in the US, as the company recorded its 14th consecutive monthly sales record in April as 2,088 LEAFs were sold; a 7.8% improvement over April of 2013 when 1,936 moved off dealer lots.
April’s results comes after Nissan almost set an all-time best selling record for the EV in March when 2,507 were sold in March…just 22 short of the record set previously in December.
Nissan continued to distance themselves as the plug-in sales leader in the US as 7,272 LEAFs have been sold in 2014, an improvement of 33% over 2013 when 5,476 were moved.
“Important LEAF sales markets across the country from New York to San Diego showed strong gains in April,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV Sales and Marketing.
“While leading markets like Atlanta and San Francisco continue to drive higher LEAF sales, we’re seeing EVangelism from our LEAF owners helps draw in other new markets such as Cincinnati, which cracked into the top 25 in April.”
The demand has been such that Nissan’s new capacity to build LEAFs at its facility in Smyrna, TN, is only making marginal gains at expanding inventories – although it should be noted that apparently Nissan has already started 2015 MY production, and those cars will not be showing up at dealerships until it is formally announced.
As for what changes the 2015 MY brings; thanks to a dealer note from Canada, we can tell you… not a heck of a lot has changed. A new color choice, some changes in the standard equipment/packages. All the details on the new 2015 LEAF can be found here.
Overall in 2013, Nissan sold 22,610 cars, which was a big improvement of 2012 when only 9,819 were sold. Currently, Nissan is on pace to sell about 30,000 LEAFs in 2014.
Separately Nissan also announced that the LEAF would be available in 4 new colors to celebrate the company’s 80th year in business as a homage to “the popular colors of the former sports cars in the Nissan family like the Fairlady Z and GT-R.”
It should be noted that if you live anywhere other than Japan however, you get none of these options (although a new “Morningsky Blue” shade will replace the traditional “Blue Ocean” starting in 2015 LEAFs elsewhere in the world)