In June GM sold 1, 760 Chevrolet Volt vehicles, twice as many compared to the same period last year.
In the first six months of this year GM sold 8,817 Volt units, three times more than the 2,745 units sold in 2011 over the same period. In the first half of 2012 GM managed to sell more Volts than in the entire 2011 (7,600 units). In May Gm sold 1,680 Volts.
The company managed to sharply outsell Japanese rival Nissan Leaf, by more than three-to-one. Critics attacked GM for setting a sales target of 10,000 Volts in 2011 and achieving only 7,600 units. Because of this GM has abandoned its 2012 sales target of 45,000 in the US, declaring it will instead focus on matching supply to meet demand. Due to slow demand GM was forced to close the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant for two stretches this year.
Nissan saw Leaf sales decrease 69% in June to 535 units. From January to March Nissan sold 3,418 Leaf units, down 19% from the same period last year. Nissan still hopes to reach its initial target of 20,000 Leafs in the US by the end of this year. This year so far Volt has outsold the Leaf by 5,400 units.