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Nissan Leaf sales continue to fall from last year; 20,000 sales target unlikely

The Nissan Leaf will almost certainly not hit the Japanese automaker’s U.S. sales target of 20,000 for 2012, sales figures released Tuesday show.

Sales of the electric Nissan Leaf continued to struggle in August, though they were up over July. Nissan Motor Co. said it sold just 685 Leafs in August, down 50 percent from August 2011. For the year, Nissan has sold 4,228, down 31.5 percent.

With just four months let, Nissan would have to sell almost 4,000 a month; it doesn’t have that supply in the United States currently to meet the target. So far, the automaker hasn’t publicly backed away from its sales goal.

Meanwhile, General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt had its all-time best month in August at 2,831. That’s up 800 percent over the 405 the company sold in August 2011 and more than the 1,849 sold in July.

For the first eight months, GM has sold 13,497 Volts, up 325.5 percent over the same period last year.

Volt sales have been boosted by California granting solo drivers of the extended-range electric vehicle access to carpool lanes. GM spokesman Jim Cain says one in three Volts are now sold in the Golden State.



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