2011 Nissan Leaf
About eight months ago Nissan started selling its highly anticipated all-electric Leaf model and just a few days ago they’ve reached an important milestone, selling the 5,000th unit to a customer in the United States. According to the company’s spokesperson Katherine Zachary, most of the sales have been to clients who live in the United States.
The Japanese automaker stated that approximately 85% of the cars sold come with the DC rapid-charging port, despite the fact that there aren’t that many publicly available DC rapid charging stations. While for the 2011MY this is an optional, for next year’s 2012MY it will come as standard to the Leaf SL.
Approximately 18,000 clients paid $99 to get on the pre-reservation list in the areas where the car won’t be available sooner than next year.
Source: Nissan via Green Car Reports
General Motors introduced its Buick sub-brand in China back in 1999 and since then they’ve managed to sell more than 3 million cars. The rise of the middle class in China is becoming more and more important for GM, especially if we take into consideration that Buick’s largest market can be found there.
In 2010, Buick’s sales in China rose by an impressive 23% to a new all-time record of 550,010 units. In the United States, they’ve sold 51.9% more cars, reaching 155,289 vehicles. Buick has a network in China consisting of more than 400 dealerships that sell cars like the Regal, Enclave and the La Crosse. In addition, they also commercialize China-only models, like the Excelle XT, which is based on the Opel Astra, the Holden Caprice-derived Park Avenue and the new GL8 MPV.
Last year, General Motors managed to sell 1,033,307 cars in China, and became the country’s largest passenger carmaker that was able to sell more than one million cars in a single year.
Source: Buick via Carscoop
Yesterday was an important moment in Audi’s history as they managed to produce the five-millionth A4 model. The popularity of the car is understandable: it looks great, it’s very spacious for its class, and it is available in a whole bunch of configurations: sedan, wagon, S and my personal favorite, the Allroad version, which unfortunately isn’t available in the United States.
The five-millionth car was a 2.0 TFSI Quattro in Misano Red and with this occasion, Frank Dreves, who is a Member of the Board of Management at Audi stated that this achievement is “another major milestone in Audi’s history.”
I’m sure that if they bring the Allroad version to the US, the popularity of the A4 will be even bigger.
Source: Audi via Autoblog
It all started in 1966 when Dacia was founded. 45 years later, the company rolled out its 4,000,000th car at the Mioveni plant in Romania. The car that managed to achieve this important milestone was a Duster Laureate (4WD model) which had a brown finish and under the bonnet it featured a 1.5-liter diesel engine with 110 hp.
The Romanian automaker built its 1,000,000th car in 1985 and the second million in 1998. In 1999 Renault took over the factory from the Romanian state and in 2007 the third million milestone was achieved. They only needed three and a half years to make another million cars, thanks to the increasing demand, along with the $1.7 billion investment Renault made since they took over the brand.
At the moment, the low-cost Duster sport utility vehicle is the best selling model of the brand, as half of the 65 cars made every hour in the Mioveni plant is a Duster model. The car was launched last year and since then Dacia has received more than 100,000 international orders and they managed to sell 4,900 units in Romania.
For celebrating this important milestone, the Romanian automaker released a “how it’s made” video of its 4,000,000th car. Enjoy.
[youtube width=”470″ height=”300″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUgkH7EAVx4[/youtube]
Launched in 1991, the Opel Astra replaced the legendary Kadett (the first one was made in 1936) and is one of Opel’s most sucessful model which is currently being built in ten locations worldwide, in countries like Germany, Belgium, UK, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and Serbia. 17 years later, the 10 millionth Opel Astra was built yesterday at the Opel plant in Bochum, Germany. The milestone car is a Silver Lightning Astra Station Wagon 1.7 CDTI.
The first generation Opel Astra was built until 1998 with 4.13 million units sold, which makes it one of the most successful cars evers. The second generation, built between 1998 and 2004 was sold in 3.8 million units, while the current generation, introduced in 2004 was sold in 1.9 million units, with over 500,000 sold only last year.
Chrysler announced that the 25,000th Dodge Viper was produced, at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The milestone vehicle was a 2008 Viper SRT10 and Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli handled the car to the lucky owner, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who said: “To be an active part in celebrating the 25,000th Dodge Viper to roll off the assembly line is an extraordinary honor and one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
The Dodge Viper concept was first introduced at the 1989 Detroit NAIAS and the first car was produced in 1992. Check out more photos of the 25,000th Dodge Viper and a video from the ceremony after the jump.
BMW announced that, on January 29, built its 5 millionth 5 Series. The model was a 530d Sedan in a Carbon Black Metallic color (yeah, it looks blue to us too). BMW began the production of the 5 Series 36 years ago, in 1972 and the current generation, the fifth, debuted in 2004. The 5 Series, which has always set high standards in the luxury sedan market, evolved over the years and the M5 is a perfect example for that. The first M5, the M535i, was powered by a 218 hp 3.5 liter engine, while today’s M5 is a beast, powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine, developing 500 hp.
Congratulations to BMW for this milestone and we hope to see at least the same quality and performance from the Bavarian producer. You can see one more photo of the 5 millionth BMW after the jump.