01 Mar '12, 6pm

Chevy Volt climbs up, Nissan Leaf falls down in February 2012 sales

The Leaf production in Japan supplies Nissan's entire global market, including there own Japan sales. If you were Nissan and were given a choice, would you: A) Sell as many Leaf vehicles in its own domestic Japanese market where a Tsunami destroyed tons of cars that are now being replaced with new cars. Or B) Sell as many Leaf vehicles as possible in the United States, when there are already plans in place to build Leaf cars right here in the US this year at a much higher per-unit profit margin than importing them from Japan. I'd choose selling to my home market into the huge new car Tsunami replacement market, and slow down US sales a bit and sell more units at higher profit margins in less than 10 months from now. That is the sane long-term decision. I'm right now officially predicting low Leaf sales, limited by supply until 2013. We're going to see 10 more months of the...

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