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On the heels of its 7,000th Leaf delivery in the United States, Nissan North America is expanding availability of the $35,200-plus 2012 Leaf, with orders now accepted from residents of Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Initial deliveries of the 2012 Leaf, complete with the now-standard cold-weather package, will take place in these states by the end of December.

A prioritized ordering phase launches today for Leaf enthusiasts with existing reservations in the aforementioned six states. By year's end, 2012 Leaf orders will be accepted in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

In conjunction with the Leaf's expanded availability, Nissan is launching the "Go Electric" Owner's Blog. This online site will feature weekly content from 14 individuals who will share their Leaf-owning experiences. We're going to guess they'll be mostly positive.
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Nissan Launches All-Electric LEAF in New U.S. Markets

- Ordering begins in additional states, including New York metropolitan area -

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of the 7,000th delivery in the United States, Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of Nissan LEAF, the world's first and only all-electric car for the mass market.

Orders for the 2012 Nissan LEAF begin today in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Deliveries of the LEAF, enriched for the 2012 model year with additional standard equipment including quick charging and cold-weather features, will take place in these key markets by December.

"Consumers have spoken, and it's clear that they are looking for a car that produces zero emissions and uses no gas," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. "We are seeing tremendous consumer interest in the Nissan LEAF in these new markets, particularly in the New York metropolitan area."

A prioritized ordering phase begins today for individuals with existing reservations in these new markets. On Oct. 3, Nissan will open new reservations and orders to the general public. Nissan will expand into additional new markets as the year continues. By the end of the year, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will be added as markets where the Nissan LEAF will be available for order.

With thousands of Nissan LEAF drivers and enthusiasts actively discussing their experiences in online forums and in Nissan social media communities, Nissan also is announcing the launch of the "Go Electric" Owner's Blog. This new online destination, NissanLeafDrivers.com, will feature weekly content from 14 Nissan LEAF owners who will share personal experiences of owning a 100-percent electric vehicle. Nissan aims for the site to be a gathering place for potential and current Nissan LEAF owners to discuss electric vehicle ownership.

About Nissan Americas

In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the 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.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, Nissan is kicking butt all over the GM Volt right now. You can blame it on lack of availability of Volts if you want but who's fault is that?
        Ziv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        GM has already painted 5200 2012 MY Volts, though the more recent ones won't be delivered for a couple weeks. Go to Chevy.com and look at the C series (2012 MY) VIN's. Some of those 5200 will be demos and some will be fleet sales, and some more will be sent overseas, but GM is building a lot of Volts since the plant was shut down in July/August. I doubt they are selling 2000 this month, but it will be entertaining to see the Volt numbers start to climb in the months to come. The Volt and the Leaf aren't really in competition with each other, the FFE is the Leaf's real competition, when it comes out later this year. The Leaf is a city car and the Volt is an all around car. No comparison. Not to mention the Leaf looks like a chubby catfish from the front and the Volt looks moderately sporty. LOL!
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          lne937s: The Volt's back seat is far more than "usable". It's not large and it is missing a middle seat, but it's far more than usable.
          Ziv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          Ine, I respect your thoughts on the Leaf/Volt comparison, and I agree that the idea of all electric, no gasoline, is an idea worth fighting for. I just think the BEV I want won't be built for 8 or 9 years and the Volt is the best I can expect in the short to medium term. I am a Realtor and I haven't had 5 people in my car for work or fun for a few years, so the lack of a 5th seat doesn't bother me, too much. I would rather have it, but I would rather be able to drive more than 80 miles without refueling, because I do that every 2 or 3 weeks. Hence, my admiration for the elegance of the Voltec tech. What Nissan and GM sell overseas doesn't really matter a great deal to me, I buy my cars here in the States. But I think I can see what the next iteration of the anti-Volt chorus will be. We went from 'It's vapor-ware!', to 'they are only building 300 a month!', and soon it will be, 'They may be selling as many Volt's in the US as Nissan is selling Leaf's, but if you include the whole world, Leaf is winning!' I am joking, a bit, but I really like the idea of an American company leveraging all the money they spent on the EV1 and producing an EREV that is an engineering marvel, and being able to sell it at a price point $4,000 over the Nissan Leaf, selling all they can build as soon as they are built, winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year and using American electricity instead of gasoline that is primarily sourced overseas. (Yeah, I know we get most of our foreign oil from Canada and Venezuela, but any reduction in demand for oil helps hold the price of oil down all over the world.) I really thought that Hyundai would be the next threat to GM on the PHEV/EREV front. But it is beginning to look like building an EREV, at any price point, is harder than we would have thought. And GM is out front. That is kind of cool, even though I haven't driven a GM vehicle since I wrecked my '77 Silverado in 1980.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          @lne937s [quote]"the LEAF is an electric car and the Volt burns gasoline" [/quote] I really dislike this absurd invented competition between GM's Volt and Nissan's Leaf. Both cars are aimed at different markets. But. the debate seems to lose all rationality when in a 73 million annual vehicle market, people start choosing up sides for vehicles selling in the thousands. The Volt, Prius, along with other serious EREV,and Hybrids, are not only effectively aiding the environment, but educating the vehicle market that EV's can be viable both economically and as a practical replacement for ICE technology. Those who condemn the Volt as a "Gas burner", should re-examine their objectives! Is it more important to cling to an ideological purity, that delivers only marginal improvement, or be more flexible and applaud the achievements of Toyota's Hybrid range? The EREV is the natural extension of Toyota's achievement (3 million hybrids) and will create most of the infrastructure used by EV's in the future.
          lne937s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          Well, the LEAF is an electric car and the Volt burns gasoline. Otherwise, the LEAF has a larger and more useable interior with a useable back seat, making it a more practical family car. Styling is subjective, but I personally dislike the fake window blackout, fake grille and gray plastic body cladding on the Volt. If you want to start looking at global sales, between Europe, Japan, Canada and the US, Nissan is closing in on 15,000. They passed 10k sales last July. And that is sales, not including cars that have been produced but have yet to be delivered.
          lne937s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          Ziv, You compared total global production of the Volt to the LEAF, so I tried to compare Global sales from Nissan, as those are the only numbers we have available. In terms of US sales, Nissan has sold twice as many. I do think that the Volt has some significance, but I also think it serves largely as a halo vehicle to sell cars like the Cruze (as evidenced by the dealer demo allocations). I also think the significance to electrification shrinks as quick charging spreads-- which is quickly being figured out. By the time GM ramps up production next year, Europe and Japan will be connected. The US could be too if we put forth any effort. If the Volt came out a decade ago, it would be more impressive, but I think the timing is not right. It pleases people less receptive to change. The target is moving, and I feel the Volt is shooting at behind the target.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        BTW, I want both the Leaf and Volt to succeed. I feel they both fill different niches. But some good friendly rivalry between the only two reasonably priced full-speed EVs is good fun.
      Sophia
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lack of availability? http://www.cars.com/for-sale/searchresults.action?stkTyp=N&tracktype=newcc&mkId=20053&AmbMkId=20053&AmbMkNm=Chevrolet&make=Chevrolet&AmbMdNm=Volt&model=Volt&mdId=35025&AmbMdId=35025&rd=100000&zc=00001&enableSeo=1&searchSource=TRAIL_HEAD Just broke 2500 units and still my dealer thinks it's cool to ask for a 10 thousand dollar deposit to buy one of these so called "Elusive species". Ya right. Steering me closer to a Plug in Prius every day.
        Ziv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sophia
        Sophia, not 1 in 10 of the Volts on Cars.com are actually for sale. People have tried to jump the line-up of people waiting for Volts by going to Cars.com and they are inevitably told, "Well that particular Volt isn't available right now, but if you will give me your name and number we will call you when one comes in" or "We don't have any Volts right now but we have a phenomenal deal on the Cruze!" Cars.com is an advertizement, not a guaranteed supply of a Volt. The ones they have on their site are usually the demos, but apparently Chevy is advertizing cars they have already sold to someone else in order to get calls from people that they can convince to buy other cars. The "Halo Effect" in action. Why do you think your dealer is asking for such a high deposit? Because there are enough buyers that he can do so and still sell every Volt he gets, no problem.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see Nissan getting them delivered. 2012 should be a great year for both the Leaf and the Volt as far as getting them out across the country. Having lived long enough to remember the oil crunches of the 70's and now we have something folks can get off oil with is awesome - I'm just going to savor the next couple of years as the plug-ins (collective term) get rolled out, delivered to all states and production is ramped up....till the GM and Nissan announcements I never thought this day was going to come.
      goatcars2
      • 3 Years Ago
      As more people drive these glorified golf carts in the real world and in extreme weather conditions the inevitable problems will come to light........reduced range and the dreaded dead battery in traffic tie ups. If you own one of these keep the phone number of your local tow truck handy. It should be noted the puny sales are even more dismal when you consider many leafs are sold to commercial entities anxious to "Go Green" and few are retail sales to actual consumers..
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goatcars2
        @goatcars2 Always assuming that you are not just trolling for a reaction, do you really imagine that Nissan, Toyota, Ford, GM, Volvo, Renault, Peugeot, and a host of other auto manufacturers, haven't realised that someone could run out of fuel? Now, I know that this may come as a shock to you, but I believe that ICE vehicles have run out of gasoline!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only 7,000 units? They must have sold 25% of them within 30 miles of me. I see them all the time.
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Yeah, I seem them all the time. But then again, I do live in an area where that is to be expected (Silicon Valley). A guy on the next street over has one. I regularly see Teslas and Leafs. Not so many Volts though but I have seen some.
      • 3 Years Ago
      goatcars2 - which oil company do you work for??
        racelovr
        • 3 Years Ago
        goatcars2 is a brain dead tea party whack job. Obviously a Santorum supporter, you know,the sort that wants all women barefoot and pregnant and who licks oil companies...you know
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