Nissan Motor Co., the most prolific electric-car maker, has begun
selling green-car credits under California’s clean-air rules.
Ford Motor Co., responding to sluggish sales and moves by rivals, is
cutting the price on the 2014 Focus EV by $4,000, or 10 percent, to
$35,995. The price includes $795 for shipping.
December U.S. auto sales, spurred by end-of-the-year bargains, likely
rose about 4 percent from a year earlier, industry analysts said.
Nissan Motor Co. reported first-quarter profit of nearly 14 percent, as
a weaker yen gave room for the automaker to cut prices and boost sales
in the United States.
The only automaker that had previously disclosed doing so is Tesla
U.S. consumers have been slow to embrace electric vehicles for a host of
reasons, including concerns over driving range, lack of convenient
charging outlets and prices.
If confirmed, that would mean 2013 will end as the best for U.S. auto
sales since pre-recession 2007, at around 15.6 million new cars and
trucks sold, which would be an increase of about 8 percent from 2012.
Net profit rose to 82.02 billion yen ($818.9 million) in the three
months ended June 30, from 71.97 billion yen a year earlier, the company
said in a statement today. That beat the 74.9 billion yen average of six
analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
California requires large automakers to sell electric or other
zero-emission vehicles in proportion to their share of the largest U.S.
state market for cars and trucks.
While U.S. sales of alternative-powered vehicles have grown 12 percent
this year through June, the volume remains small at 173,464 units.
Major automakers report December sales on Friday.
Nissan’s deliveries in the United States surged 25 percent in May,
triple the industrywide increase, after the automaker cut the prices on
seven models, including its top-selling Altima sedan. The Japanese
automaker has fixed a shortage of supply that hampered sales of five new
models in the U.S. last year, the company said last month.
Nissan has delivered enough of its all-electric Leaf hatchbacks that it
has started selling excess credits, Executive Vice President Andy Palmer
told reporters in Irvine, Calif., this week.
Nissan Motor Co. slashed prices on the Leaf EV in January and Chevrolet
has trimmed prices on the Volt plug-in hybrid by $4,000 to $5,000.
U.S. consumers are expected to spend more than $34 billion on new
vehicles in December, a historic high for the month, said J.D. Power &
Associates, which said the annual sales haul would also be a record at
more than $370 billion.
“Nissan’s sales performance in the U.S. has been robust,” said Issei
Takahashi, a Tokyo-based auto analyst at Credit Suisse Group. “They have
cut the retail price of models and the production problem has been
solved. These should be the two reasons for the increase in volume.”
“We’ve got carbon credits to sell, and we’re selling them — California
ZEV credits,” Palmer said.
“The 2014 Focus Electric offers customers a fully-contented,
all-electric vehicle option,” Ford said in a statement. “The new
starting MSRP of $35,200 keeps us competitive in the marketplace and is
an important part of our commitment to provide customers with a range of
electrified vehicles to choose from.”
Auto sales continue to outpace the recovery of the U.S. economy. While
auto sales are expected to rise again in 2014, the pace of the sales
climb is expected to slow.
The price cuts and pent-up demand pushed up sales of the new Pathfinder
SUV and Altima sedan, the two models Nissan revamped in the U.S. last
year. Deliveries of the Pathfinder more than tripled from a year earlier
and Altima sales rose 23 percent in June.
He didn’t elaborate and the company declined to provide details about
timing, price or purchasers.
Sales of the Nissan Leaf have increased since its base price was cut by
18 percent to $28,800 for the 2013 model year. The vehicle qualifies for
a $7,500 federal tax credit.
葡萄京娱乐网，Factors that contributed to higher sales throughout 2013 were at play
again in December, including low interest rates on loans, attractive
lease deals and consumers wanting to replace older vehicles.