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Volt vs Prius - First 22 Months of Sales

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I've seen it mentioned how the Volt is doing versus the Prius during the same period, but I never saw the numbers. So I've compiled them. The data is in the attached spreadsheet, along with the links to the source data.

These are USA sales specific. I show the Prius started sales in July 2000 and the Volt in Dec 2010. I call this "First Month". The first 12 months of sales are "First Year". Then we have months 14 through 23 (October 2012 Volt numbers included).

SPOILER ALERT: The Volt now has monthly sales exceeding the Prius at the same period in its sales history.

Volt: 27306
Prius: 228989

If Volt sales continue even at the same rate, the Volt will overtake the Prius in total unit sales over the same timeframe within about 3-4 months. Also interesting is that the Volt actually surpassed the Prius' sales rate back in March on a like-for-like basis. You can see how it's now on an accelerated path well above what the Prius did. July appears to have been the breakout month where things really started to take off.

Spreadsheet is here.
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interesting facts and comparison, thanks to the OP for the work.

I would like to point some variables that may be factor, but it doesn't change my believe the volt will prevail and dominate:

* prius didn't have much of a competition in the first year (as someone else pointed out).

* volt can be competing with prius cars where at one point Prius may be flat-lined...the volt competition will pull a negative trend on the Prius where a potential buyer may choose a Volt.

* the volt's incentives is substantially larger than the competing Prius--making a stronger negative pull on the Prius.

* will there be enough volt's to get the Tipping Point of consumers before the incentives all run out?

* Iran's president gets exponentially crazier each year! Thus, affecting gas prices.

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