Here in the U.S., the Nissan Leaf starts at a reasonable $32,780. After $7,500 in federal tax credits, the Leaf rings in at $25,280. Over in Japan, the Leaf sets buyers back ¥3.76 million ($46,225 U.S. at the current exchange rate) before one factors in the ¥770,000 ($9,466 U.S.) incentive so the post-credit price in Japan is roughly $36,800. Across the pond in the UK, Nissan's battery-powered hatch hits the pocketbook, after rebates, to the tune of £23,990 ($38,840 U.S.). Why all this pricing info overload? To put Nissan's just-announced price of 49,950 CHF ($51,977 U.S.) for the Leaf in Switzerland into perspective.
At nearly $52K, the Swiss-bound Leaf ain't no bargain. In fact, it's priced nearly $6,000 higher than the less capable, and also available in Switzerland, Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Okay, but surely some incentives will slash the Leaf's price, right? Wrong. Switzerland is one of a handful off European countries that get by without substantial government subsidies for electric vehicles, so $52K, or thereabouts, is what Swiss buyers will pay. That is, if anyone over there is willing to part with that kind of hard-earned cash to drive Nissan's zero-emissions hatchback.
Despite the high price tag, Nissan remains confident that Swiss motorists will bite. Simon Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nissan International SA, offered up these words on the Leaf's entry into Switzerland:
For those in Switzerland who are interested in buying the Leaf and are not put off by the lofty price, the ordering period opens December 1st and deliveries will begin in mid-2011. Hit the jump for more pricing info on the Nissan Leaf.Nissan Leaf is the perfect car for a country dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy,The combination of zero emissions, ultra-low running costs, and the sheer practicality of the family-sized car will appeal to many Swiss motorists. The fact that it's also great fun to drive is another bonus.