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GM Volt, Plug-In Prius U.S. Rechargeable-Car Gains

By Ohnsman October 03, 2012

addition of a discounted lease for the currently $299 a month for a car a $39,145 base price, is demand for the model, said Toprak, an analyst at, a pricing and data provider. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg

General Co. (GM:US ) ’s Chevrolet Volt its lead as the top-selling U.S. car this year and Toyota Corp. (7203) expanded Prius deliveries as Nissan Co. (7201) said it’s to boost electric Leaf

Sales through September of vehicles and those with battery packs and a gasoline for added range almost to about 31,400 from a year earlier, according to compiled by Bloomberg. The Volt, a record 2,851 sales month, leads with for the year, up fourfold, followed by Prius plug-ins and 5,212

GM’s addition of a discounted for the Volt, currently $299 a for a car with a $39,145 base is boosting demand for the model, Toprak, an analyst at, a pricing and data provider, yesterday.

“I’m utterly people are not lining up to get one at that said Toprak, based in Monica, California. “The fuel savings alone this car very appealing.”

for rechargeable autos, which carmakers must sell rules in California and some U.S. states, hasn’t initial expectations of Detroit-based GM, and President Barack Obama’s which targeted a market of 1 such vehicles by 2015. which also added a lease offer for the Leaf, designing a sales strategy for cars has taken longer planned.

Fisker Automotive Inc.’s plug-in Karma, with 1,500 sales this follows the models from GM, City, Japan-based Toyota and The figures don’t include Motor Inc. (TSLA:US ) ’s S, which the company began in late June. The company yet disclosing monthly sales said Christina Ra, a Tesla


“We’re really with the volumes we’re right now and want to grow said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman. now got marketing that’s focused on the savings Volt offers and got an attractive lease that’s sales.”

Buyers in markets as California can now lease a Leaf SV for $199 a month for 36 months, a based on the car’s $36,050 price, Toprak said.

“Volt has made an ultra-competitive with the offers they on that vehicle,” Al Castignetti, president of U.S. sales for said in telephone interview

Nissan, which had a goal of 20,000 Leafs in the U.S. year, has been working dealers to refine how it markets the car that goes at least 70 (113 kilometers) per charge. The Japan-based company sold 984 of the last month, up from 685 in Still, sales fell 4.6 from a year earlier.


“We’re finally to get the dealer engagement,” Castignetti “We’re starting to reach the the actual consumer for electric We’re driving more to our dealerships and that’s a very thing.”

He didn’t provide a revised for Leaf sales.

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GM Chief Officer Dan Akerson said in he expected as many as 40,000 sales this year, from an earlier goal of as as 60,000, including exported GM’s Cain declined to the company’s current volume for Volt.

Rechargeable vehicles are “a that’s in its infancy, and purchases seeing now are really fueled by adopters,” Toprak said. a middle-class family in in the middle of the finds that it makes sense to buy one of these cars, you see big volume.”

The Volt, which about 38 miles a charge, for a $7,500 federal tax credit, as the Leaf. The base model Prius costs $32,000, a $2,500 federal credit.

Prius Record

Other vehicles now on sale include Motor Co. (F:US ) ’s Focus EV, Motor Co. (7267)’s Fit EV and Mitsubishi Corp. (7211)’s i-MiEV car.

Separately, Toyota sales of its entire Prius line doubled to 18,932 month. Combined Prius through September grew to surpassing the company’s previous record for the gasoline-electric car of 181,221 set in

Bill Fay, group president of U.S. Toyota said in a conference call the company expects to sell as as 230,000 Prius models year. The lineup includes the version, the original hatchback Prius v wagon and Prius c model.

Combined sales of all vehicles, including hybrids, hybrids and battery-only autos, 135 percent to 42,314 last based on data compiled by Deliveries for the segment were through September, up 96 percent a year ago.

To contact the reporter on this Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at

To contact the editor responsible for story: Jamie Butters at

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