- May 6, 2011
GM's Mark Reuss says Nissan Leaf is a "single-purpose" car that he wouldn't put in the hands of his three kids
2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery
Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, recently voiced his opinions on a slew of issues with the Nashville Business Journal. Reuss spoke of GM's future, the role of the Chevrolet Volt and more. But when the discussion turned to the Nissan Leaf, it became obvious that Reuss is not a fan of the electric hatch.
Reuss explained what he believes to be the most significant drawbacks of electric-only vehicles like the Leaf, stating:
While we think that Reuss should've stopped at that, he didn't. Reuss continued to rag on the Leaf, boldly stating that:[The Leaf] has a finite range and requires infrastructure and charging to run it, where the Volt is really an extended-range electric vehicle. The Volt can really be the only car you own. You better be living within a certain range for the Leaf. ... It's a lot different market, a lot different car and a completely different driver.
Did Reuss' statements to a little too far? Let us know what you think by voicing your thoughts in 'Comments' below.I'm not sure if I'd put the Leaf in the hands of my three kids. Say, what if they can't charge it? What if they get to school and can't charge it? The Leaf is a single-purpose car.