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Nissan Leaf tops Chevrolet Volt in September sales, but gap closes

Nissan Leaf tops Chevrolet Volt in September sales, but gap closes

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Sales of electric vehicles appear lumpy, but the gap between Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt units appears to be shrinking.

Nissan moved 1,031 Leaf electric vehicles in September slightly ahead of GM's Chevrolet Volt, which delivered 723 units. Overall, the gap between the two mass-market EVs is closing.

Year-to-date, the Nissan Leaf has delivered 7,199 units with the Volt checking in at 3,895.

Auto sales were generally strong across the board, but electric vehicle sales remained sluggish relatives to more conventional cars.

Toyota also noted that sales of its Prius continue to decline. The company said it delivered 9,325 Prius vehicles, down 18.2 percent from a year ago. For the year, sales are off 10.2 percent.

The recent data indicates that EV demand is lumpy to say the least. Nissan's Leaf sales of EVs slowed sequentially as GM's Volt units picked up. Nissan's Leaf units in August were 1,362 to 302 Volts. In July, Nissan moved 931 Leaf vehicles to GM's 125 Volts.

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