Nissan is in the midst of a crisis and is going to have cut its projection for sales of the Leaf by half. Only 46% of reservations are actually being sold, according to automobilemag.com.
The Nissan spokesperson offered as explanation the fact that many of those reservations were in states where the Leaf is not available. Um ok, how about not taking reservations until it is available?
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Nissan can slice and dice and sprinkle a racing Nissan Leaf over as much as they like, the fact is OEMs set up lowball production targets for themselves so they can smash them and then say “look how good we are.” So when they don’t smash them it’s a black eye. When they miss them by half, well, if it’s a Japanese company usually somebody takes a blade to the stomach. Here in America, we don’t stand for such nonsense. We move them somewhere, usually where they have more power and responsibility and give them a bonus. Yeah that will teach em. Of course this is all based on the sound logic that once you make a real bad mistake you couldn’t possibly mess it up that much again…could you?
Meanwhile, GM is ratcheting up their production numbers for the Volt.
So what does Edmunds talk about? Last months sales which show the Leaf out pacing the Volt. This fact could have been predicted two months ago when GM announced that the sales numbers would be low due to demo car rollouts and the closing of the plant to make modifications to allow higher production. The Edmunds article is super short because if you tried to talk about anything else it would undermine the implications of the article.
Edmunds has become so predictably skewed on this, its kind of getting fun to watch and see how they will try to “manipulate” the data to support their version of reality.
We’ll keep you posted on the next Edmundian feat of prestidigitation! For those who just have to see the magic for themselves, say the words hocus pocus three times and click on:
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