Back in November, Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary confirmed that the 2011 Leaf will hit U.S. soil by the end of December. Just last week, Zachary provided an update, telling the guys over at Nissan-Leaf that the automaker intends to hold a ceremony celebrating the delivery of the first Leaf in the U.S. The crew at Nissan-Leaf reported it like this:
Now, an undisclosed Nissan spokeswoman, working out of the company's North American headquarters in Tennessee, told the team over at Green Car Advisor that the Leaf's first official U.S. delivery is scheduled for December 11th. Aside from stating that the vehicle will head to a customer in Northern California, the spokeswoman provided no further details.To be factual, the first customer has already been chosen and the date set, although Nissan has has asked us to not be more specific than that. What we can say, unofficially, is that the first car will be in the SL trim, is black, has been produced and is on hand, and will be delivered to a northern Californian resident shortly.
In related news, Nissan officially announced that the battery-powered Leaf will launch in Japan on December 20th. The base price for the Leaf in Japan is set at 3,764,250 yen ($45,000 U.S. at the current exchange rate). That's a fair amount of coin but, fortunately for buyers there, the electric hatch is eligible for a 780,000 yen subsidy, which reduces the cost to 2,984,250 yen ($35,677 U.S.).