Thursday 6 September 2012

Nissan Leaf sales continue to slump in U.S

Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf hatchback have continued to falter, putting Nissan’s original full-year sales target of 20,000 units in doubt.

Deliveries have slowed in 2012 with last month sales falling by 50% to 685 units. Year-to-date sales have also dipped 31.5% to 4,228 units.

If Nissan sticks to its original sales target, the Japanese firm would have to sell 4,000 units per month for the remainder of the year.

Although Nissan acknowledges “sales to date have not met our expectations”, it remains positive about the future of the Leaf in the U.S market.

“We had a significant increase in Leaf sales in August over the prior months and we are moving in the right direction,” Nissan spokesman David Reuter told The Detroit News.

“Our actions to widen availability, train dealers and broaden exposure for Leaf are yielding some positive results and move us closer to meeting our high expectations for the vehicle.”

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