Is Toyota selling more than GM?

Posted on Thursday, 13 September 2012 , 14:09:42 byIulia

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Is Toyota selling more than GM?


Not long ago, in a press release, Japanese carmaker Toyota mentioned some figures about the Prius Plug-in Hybrid variant. To be more precise, the specialists were bragging about sales. Apparently ever since the model arrived in North American showrooms at the end of February, 6.061 units were delivered, so from March through August. This is not really the thing that made us thinking a little, but what Toyota officials declared. They say, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid sold 6.061 units in its first six months of sales, a lot more in comparison with Chevrolet Volt Plug-in which only sold 2.745 and with the Japanese Nissan Leaf which managed to sell 3.875. Here is where arguments start. General Motors said that Chevrolet sold 13.497 units since January this year and sold 2.832 units in August alone. From March through August, the American manufacturer sold 11.871 units. When it comes to the Nissan Leaf, the carmaker declared that they managed to sell 4.228 units from January through August on the North American market, but from March through August 3.074.



There is no mix-up with the numbers, but apparently, Toyota is referring to the initial six month deliveries of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf when the two first entered the United States market. They do not refer at the sales registered this year. This is the explication for the numbers first mentioned by Toyota officials. Even so, they should have not compared the three, as the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is just an addition to the already successful Prius series that registered sales of 164.408 units in the US from January through August and the other two, the Volt and the Leaf are two new models that can scare away potential clients with their complex technology, especially at the beginning. So, in the end, the comparison is not really that fair, now is it?