• Jan 16th 2013 at 9:30AM
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The Nissan Leaf was given modest upgrades for 2013, but more impressive is the price drop. Now starting at $28,800, the Nissan Leaf takes the title as the cheapest 5-seat production EV in America.

How did they do it? There are two major reasons for the price change. The production of the Leaf has moved from Japan, where the Yen has been out of control, to Tennessee. In addition, Nissan has created a lower 'S' trim level that removes content from last year's SV trim.

"From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience," said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of LEAF sales for Nissan.


The new S trim differs from the SV by doing without navigation, Carwings smartphone integration, alloy wheels, cruise control, and the new 6.6 kW onboard charger. The new 6.6 kW charger cuts the Leaf's charging time in half when using a 240V charger--something S trim owners will miss.

Still, with a $28,800 starting price combined with the Fed's $7,500 rebate, you're looking at a great deal for a full-fledged electric vehicle. Add to that all the other incentives that some states are offering and, of course, the fuel-savings, and the Leaf begins to look a bit more realistic for price-sensitive shoppers.

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Nissan Brings New, U.S.-Assembled 2013 LEAF to Market with Major Price Reduction
Addition of a new LEAF S trim level lowers entry price by more than $6,000, or 18 percent
Available federal and state incentives can bring price down to less than $19,000
Improved energy efficiency, faster charging times and greater customer choice headline 2013 model year improvements
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan has announced that U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan LEAF will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added S grade, making it the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States. Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the vehicle for as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits, putting the LEAF on par with gas-powered vehicles of its size.

Nissan's objective for the LEAF has always been to produce an affordable zero-emission vehicle for the mass market, and the 2013 LEAF is a prime example of that commitment with increased value at every trim level, making it more accessible for more people.

"With nearly 50,000 LEAFs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better," said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of LEAF sales for Nissan. "From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won't have to pay a premium for owning a green car that's really fun to drive, and that's exciting."

Nissan recently began U.S. assembly of the 2013 Nissan LEAF at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., a localization initiative that further drives efficiencies by leveraging already-existing equipment and processes while also reducing exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency. The battery packs that power LEAF are built in an adjacent facility in Smyrna while the vehicle's electric motor comes from Nissan's powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., further supporting efficient manufacturing.

Eligible consumers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit, and some states and municipalities offer additional incentives. For example, California residents can get a 2013 Nissan LEAF for as low as $18,800 after the federal tax credit and state rebate of $2,500.

Nissan will also continue its lease offer for the 2013 LEAF, allowing consumers to lease the electric vehicle for as low as $199 per month for 36 months, which includes tax credits and destination charges.

Additions to the 2013 LEAF include: 17-inch alloy wheels and leather appointed interior on SL models, available Around View® Monitor and 7-speaker Bose® energy efficient audio system and a 6.6 kW onboard charger that significantly reduces 220V charging times and is standard on SV and SL models.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan LEAF:

Model MSRP*
LEAF S $28,800 USD
LEAF SV $31,820 USD
LEAF SL $34,840 USD
About the 2013 Nissan LEAF
Now in its third model year, the Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling pure electric vehicle with nearly 50,000 cumulative sales worldwide. For 2013, the LEAF features numerous customer-focused upgrades. LEAF is powered by a responsive 80kW AC synchronous motor produced at Nissan's Powertrain Assembly plant in Decherd, Tenn. The 2013 LEAF's output is 107 horsepower, with 187 lb-ft. of torque. Energy is supplied by an advanced 48-module lithium-ion battery made at the new battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn.

The 2013 Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped models, the LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL. Standard features include 6-way manual driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger's seat, trip computer (instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range), Automatic Temperature Control (ATC), center console storage and 3.6 kW onboard charger. Other standard equipment includes Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, power windows with driver's window one-touch auto up/down, power door locks with auto locking feature, remote charge door release, variable intermittent windshield wipers, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and a 12-volt power outlet.

LEAF SV models are upgraded to 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a 6.6 kW onboard charger, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirror, energy saving hybrid heating system, an upgraded 6-speaker sound system, 7-inch color LCD display, Pandora® link for iPhone users, Nissan Navigation system with CARWINGS telematics and B-mode setting for increased regenerative braking. At an MSRP of $31,820, the 2013 LEAF SV represents a $3,380 savings over a similar 2012 model.

LEAF SL adds leather-appointed seats, 17-inch five spoke alloy wheels, DC 480V fast charge port, automatic on/off LED headlights, fog lights, photovoltaic solar panel rear spoiler and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. At an MSRP of $34,840, the 2013 LEAF SL represents a $2,410 savings over a similar 2012 model.

Incremental aerodynamic and energy management improvements are expected to give the 2013 LEAF improved range** over previous model years. Final range estimates for the 2013 Nissan LEAF are awaiting EPA test cycle verification.

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 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 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 the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com.

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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* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

**Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. A 6.6W onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims, and optional feature on the S trim.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Ron Wagner
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much longer will that rebate be available? Maybe I need to pick one up.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who would buy the French crap anyway?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there any chance that congress will soon approve taking the tax credit right off the sticker price? because they would sell a ton of these with a $21k sticker price.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very clever of Nissan to design the S package that way. Most consumers can live without everything there except the cruise control. So if you want cruise, you'll have to jump another $3k in price.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't a long distance car, so cruise isn't necessary. And in your immediate town/city you usually know your way around well enough to do without navigation. The 6.6kw charger requires a 240V outlet to be run to your garage, which not everyone has. So I'd say this is a smart choice for someone who just wants a good simple daily driver electric car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The MOST important specs are missing, WHAT IS THE RANGE and recharging estimate?
        • 2 Years Ago
        The fast charger option will cost thousands extra....and maybe cut the time to five or six hours.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone took the concept of EV, inserted their ego into it by adding all sorts of non-essential crap, and priced it for the average consumer. If they could get the range worked closer to 100 miles, they'd have a winner. Although Nissan is screwing up as far as dropping the quicker charge setup, this is what needs done with the Chevy Volt.
      • 2 Years Ago
      buy american not jap. how abount wwll
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'd buy American if they made a decent car. After having 3 crappy American vehicles in my youth, I switched to buying only Japanese cars that are made in Japan. When I traded my last Nissan in, it had 305,000 miles on it and was still running well. I had I for 11 years! I replaced it this summer with another Nissan. Your average Japanese worker takes far more pride in their work than an American does. They are a very disciplined society.
        • 2 Years Ago
        how about now it is made in the US, by US workers, 70 some per cent US parts, etc.. It is American as your Chev pickup or Ford F-150, etc........
      Robert E Leffler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did I miss the part about how far you can go on a full charge?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anybody buy a car that absolutely guarantees you will become stranded on a crowded highway in the first major traffic tie up encountered????
        • 2 Years Ago
        Or buy a car that you can only drive 50 miles from home?
        • 2 Years Ago
        With electric cars, when your not moving they use no power, so you won't run out in a traffic jam, you will just sit there with a full battery.
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