Nissan fleet sales on the rise

If you're a fleet manager who has been considering purchasing a Nissan Leaf for your fleet, you are not alone. Figures from around the world show that Nissan has become an increasingly popular choice among fleet staff, with sales climbing to record numbers in some regions.

In the United Kingdom, Nissan fleet sales climbed by 39 per cent in 2013. This brand now holds a 5 per cent total fleet market share - up from 4.8 per cent in 2012.

The rise has been attributed to the popularity of three particular cars, the Qashqai, Juke and Leaf. The best seller last year was the Qashqai, with 31,186 units sold. This is a 12 per cent increase on previous years.

Juke sales climbed by the largest proportion, increasing by 41 per cent to 14,700 units last year. The popularity of the Leaf - Nissan's 100 per cent electric car - rose by approximately 35 per cent to reach 777 units sold in 2013.

The Nissan Leaf has been growing in popularity all across the globe as fleet managers and private owners demand more efficient green cars.

Nissan Motor Company recently announced it had lifted production of the Leaf by 50 per cent to meet the growing demand for the 100 per cent electric car. This means the North American manufacturing plants will now be producing approximately 3,000 units every month.

According to a February 24 article from The Australian, Nissan-Renault Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn remains positive about the future of electric cars across the globe.

His announcement came after signing a deal with Bhutan to supply their public sector with a fleet of battery-powered Nissan Leafs.

"Sales of the Leaf have now gone past 100,000 and it is now selling at a rate of almost 60,000 a year," Mr Ghosn explained. 

Internationally, the Leaf was the first electric car to reach this impressive sale milestone, which proves its popularity across the globe.