• Jan 30, 2012
What's up with the sales, orders and reservations of the Nissan Leaf? The Japanese automaker loudly trumpeted the 20,000 reservations it originally collected back in September, 2010 and Nissan's Mark Perry recently told AutoblogGreen that, since then, that number has climbed to around 26,000. Where do things stand today? That's not exactly simple to figure out. Here's what we know:
  • Number of accepted Leaf reservations: 26,000
  • Number of Leaf models sold: 10,000
  • – Number sold in January: 800 (estimate)
  • – Number sold in February: 800 (estimate. Perry recently said these two months were sold out or nearly sold out)
  • – Number of people who haven't had a chance to order because they live in a state where the Leaf is not yet for sale: 2,000 (according, again, to Perry)
  • – Number of people who cancelled (unknown)
  • = 12,400 people or so
Nissan's Katherine Zachary tells Autoblog that the company doesn't share cancellation data, so it's not possible for outsiders to know exactly how many of the 12,400 have raised and then lowered their hands. Zachary added, "We have new people coming into the process every day, so it's really a moving target." Still, somewhere out there, there could be 12,000 people who are patiently waiting to snatch up Nissan's 2012 Leaf production. Even if 50 percent of them cancelled, that still leaves many months of strong sales coming for Nissan in the U.S. this coming year, even as production ramps up.

One thing that Zachary was willing to share were the colors chosen by buyers for model year 2012 Leaf orders. They are:
  • Brilliant Silver – 24%
  • Blue Ocean – 23%
  • Glacier Pearl – 21%
  • Cayenne Red – 19%
  • Super Black – 14%
Given that Blue Ocean was the Leaf's "Launch Color," we're a bit surprised to see it being outsold by silver, if only just. If you were going to order a Leaf (or if you already have), what color would it be? Take our poll below.




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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ironic that they don't offer it in a "Green" color.
      Daydreamer
      • 2 Years Ago
      My choice would have to be silver. In any part of the country that gets over 80 degrees, a lighter color would be best (ligher colored cars don't get as hot in an open parking lot as dark colored cars). Running the electric air conditioning during your entire commute would kill what little range this car has, so any help to keep it cooler would be a good thing.
      ALafya
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's like five parked just outside my place of work. Some charge only at work (currently for free). At least one owner I asked did not get the home charging station at home.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan missed a good tongue in cheek option by not offering a Gold Leaf....
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blue is a substitute color for green and vice versa. White and stainless (silver) also happen to be the most common kitchen appliance colors.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see Volts and Leafs all over the place in Northern VA. I saw two Leafs (Leaves?) on my way back from lunch on Friday.
      Javier Montes Toro
      • 2 Years Ago
      there should be a "i wouldn't buy one" option in the poll
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      All we'll ever really know is people prefer it to the Chevy Volt BD
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would never buy a Leaf. I would buy a Volt though!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mrx19
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is brown an option - I already looks like what my dog deposited in the lawn this morning.
      Uriah Boguslavsky
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will drivers be cited for littering when these things are left on the side of the road because of battery charge depletion? Unfortunately, it's just a little too big and heavy for the Adopt-a-Highway folks to pick up and place in a trash bag.
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