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Nissan will open the order books for the 2012 Leaf in Denmark in mid-November. At 290,690 Danish Kroner ($56,535 U.S. at the current exchange rate) including VAT, Nissan says the 2011 World Car of the Year will cost about the same as a typical compact hatchback in that country. At that price, Nissan throws in a five-year subscription to its telematic service and electric vehicle-specific roadside assistance. Nissan estimates the Leaf's running costs in Denmark are 27 Danish Kroner ($5.24 U.S.) per 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Seeing that the Nissan Leaf is a pure electric vehicle, it's exempt from Denmark's non-recurring vehicle tax, which the Japanese automaker says can amount to more than 130,000 Danish Kroner ($25,283 U.S.) on a vehicle the size of a Leaf, and is also exempt from public parking fees and toll payments.

In addition to its long list of standard equipment, all Denmark-bound Nissan Leafs come ready for chilly Nordic climates with these extra features: battery heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats.

Deliveries of Leafs are already underway in the UK, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Japan and the U.S. Additionally, order books are open in Switzerland, France, Spain and Belgium. The first Leaf deliveries in Denmark are set for early 2012.



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NISSAN LEAF TO USHER IN ZERO-EMISSION ERA IN DENMARK

100% electric vehicle to go on sale mid November at 290,690 DKK including VAT


The 100% electric Nissan LEAF will go on sale in Denmark starting mid November, bringing Denmark one step closer to a zero-emission future.

At 290,690 DKK including VAT, the European and World Car of the Year will cost about the same as a regular compact family hatchback, but with considerably lower running costs. The price also includes the battery (which carries a five-year/100,000 km warranty), a five-year subscription to the unique telematic service, and EV specific roadside assistance. Running costs in Denmark are estimated at about 27 DKK per 100 km.

As Nissan LEAF is a 100% electric vehicle, the zero-emission car is exempt from non-recurring vehicle tax which can easily amount to more than 130,000 DKK on a vehicle its size. Nissan LEAF is also exempt from public parking fees and toll payments.

"Nissan LEAF appeals on many levels; it's a zero-emission electric car with ultra-low running costs but it is also a practical, family-size car and fun to drive. That's a powerful combination, and Nissan LEAF is already attracting significant interest from prospective customers," said Peter Hal, Country Manager, Nissan Nordic Denmark.

Interested customers should head to the Nissan website - http://www.nissan.dk/ - where they can find more details about the ground-breaking car and become handraisers.

Nissan LEAF comes fully equipped with air conditioning, satellite navigation, rear-view parking camera, a quick charge socket and innovative smart-phone connectivity that will allow users to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via a mobile phone allowing for better range management.

The car also comes equipped with the following items for the Nordic climate:

heated front seats
heated rear seats
heated mirrors
heated steering wheel
battery heating system

Deliveries of Nissan LEAF have already begun in the UK, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal. Order books have also opened in Switzerland, France, Spain and Belgium with customers in those markets expected to start receiving their cars shortly. Norway has announced sales will start in autumn. The first deliveries in Denmark are expected to start in early 2012.

Nissan LEAF recently received a top 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), making it one of the safest cars on the road in Europe.

Nissan LEAF is powered by a compact electric motor in the front of the car, which drives the front wheels. The AC motor develops 80 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90 kW.

The car has a range between charges of 175 km as tested over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) making it a practical proposition for many urban drivers. Recharging from empty to 100% can be done in eight hours with a normal charger and in about 30 minutes from empty to 80% using a quick charger under normal conditions.

About Nissan Nordic Europe

Nissan Nordic Europe is responsible for the importation and marketing of cars for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company employs about 165 professionals and is based in Espoo, Finland.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.1 million vehicles in 2010, generating revenue of 8.77 trillion yen ($102.37 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award and 2011 World Car of the Year.

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