Leaf Sales See 99 Percent Increase Year-Over-Year

Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle is breaking sales record, with September being the seventh record month in a row.

Nissan said the Leaf set a September sales record finishing the month with 1,953 deliveries, an increase of 99 percent year over year.

That makes for seven straight months of record sales.

Once again, Atlanta was the No. 1 Leaf market in the U.S., as electric vehicle sales spread from the West Coast to a new wave of markets. As it stands, Atlanta has a five-day supply of Leaf, which compares very well in an industry where a 30  days supply of a vehicle is considered good.

The Raleigh-Durham area also showed significant sales increases bumping into the Top 10 markets for the Leaf, and sales were up in all major Texas markets.

Overall, Nissan U.S. sales in September totaled 86,868, down 5.5 percent from last year’s total of 91,907.

Nissan Division sales finished at 77,828 units, a decrease of 5.6 percent while sales of Infiniti vehicles totaled 9,040 units, down 4.3 percent.

“September was a unique month with fewer selling days than the prior year with the Labor Day weekend falling into August sales reporting for the first time in several years,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing, Service and Parts, Nissan U.S.A. “While this skewed year-to-year comparisons we are optimistic that strong auto sales will continue into the fourth quarter.”

Nissan also said Versa deliveries increased 9.5 percent over the prior year to 8,776, with sales of the all-new 2014 Versa Note beginning to pick up momentum. Versa continues to be the leader among subcompacts for 2013.

Sales of Rogue crossovers totaled 11,353 in September as Nissan prepares to launch the all-new, 2014 Rogue later this year.

Nissan declared it is conducting a special reservation program for the all-new Rogue, which will be produced at the company’s Smyrna, Tenn. manufacturing plant.

The company also announced recently it will be selling the previous generation Rogue as the Rogue Select, starting in January.