The Chevrolet Volt was the top-selling plug-in vehicle (PEs) in the US in June 2012, posting 1,760 units, up 213.7% by volume from the 561 units in June 2011. For the first six months of the year, Volt sales reached 8,817 units, up 221.2% from 2,745 units in the first half of 2011.
The Toyota Prius PHV posted 695 units, representing 3.6% of the 19,150 units of Prius family sales in June, and taking second place for PEV sales for the month. The Prius sedan posted 11,514 units (60.1% of family sales); the Prius C, 3,657 units (19.1%); and the Prius V, 3,284 units (17.1%).
Nissan’s LEAF came in third for the month with 535 units sold, down 68.7% from the 1,708 units sold in June 2011. For the first six months of the year, the LEAF has sold 3,148 units, down 18.8% from the 3,875 units sold in June 2011.
Overall, GM sales were up 16% year-on-year in June to 248,750 vehicle—the company’s highest sales since September 2008. GM passenger car sales were up 12% year over year, due to a 32% increase in Chevrolet Malibu sales (31,402 units) and a 21% increase in Buick LaCrosse sales (7,206 units). Sales of the Cruze were down 23.8% to 18,983 units.
Combined sales of all seven Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac crossovers were up 30 % versus a year ago. Truck sales were up 11%, with all pickup, van and SUV segments up year over year.
Toyota Motor Sales saw its June sales in the US increase more than 60.3% by volume year-on-year to 177,795 units. TMS posted June sales of 25,776 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 335.2% compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted June sales of 23,105 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 2,671 hybrids for the month.
Nissan reported June US sales of 92,237 units versus 71,940 units a year earlier, up 28.2%. Nissan Division sales increased 24.6% for the month at 81,801 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 66.1 percent over the prior year, to 10,436 units.
Nissan Altima sales of 21,812 increased 11.7% from a year ago. All vehicles in Nissan’s truck, SUV and crossover lineup posted sales increases, with trucks collectively posting a 38% rise in June from a year ago.