The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf were among the popular hybrid car models that are expected to dominate the hybrid segment of the automobile market these days. However, these expectations were slowly eradicated by the fact the fact that the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt were actually outsold by the plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Prius that was secretly launched by Toyota in the earliest parts of this year.
Based on the examination of the vehicles’ sales records last month, Toyota have found out that there are about 1,654 units of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid that are waiting to be delivered to their buyers. This figure marks the 7 percent of the total sales of the Prius line-up for this year. In addition to this, the total number of available units of the plug-in hybrid Prius that awaits their deliveries has also surpassed the sales figures that were credited to the Leaf and the Volt on the same period. Nissan’s car dealerships all over the US were only able to sell about 372 units of the Leaf while Chevrolet managed to deliver about 1,462 units of the Volt.
Due to this event, a lot of car sales expert have focused their attention on exploring the main reasons why the plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota Prius was able to outsell the Leaf and the Volt at a relatively higher margin. After a brief examination of the factors involved, most of these experts were convinced that the most dominant reason why the Prius outsold the Volt and the Leaf is the vehicle’s price. They have found out that the plug-in hybrid version of the Prius is several thousand dollars cheaper compared to the Volt or the Leaf.
Based on the latest pricing, the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid has a starting price of about $32,000 while the Volt is sold at around $40,000. This simply means that the Volt is about $8,000 more expensive compared to that of the Prius pluig-in and this difference in the price of the two vehicles could means a lot to most buyers especially for those who want to obtain greater savings from purchasing a relatively cheaper and more fuel-efficient car.
But aside from the price, many car experts have also noted that a lot of car buyers would most likely prefer the Prius plug-in over the Leaf since the former is capable of travelling and shifting from electric to gasoline engine mode with utmost ease and still maintain the impressive fuel economy ratings it provides while the latter is only capable of running in pure EV mode with a limited travelling distance rate covered