The name for the Chinese version of the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a real touchy-feely vibe to it, if you can get past the snickering. The Japanese automaker and its Chinese collaborator, Dongfeng, will sell the EV as part of the partnership's Venucia advanced-powertrain sub-brand. The companies used the recent Guangzhou Auto Show to announce that the model will be called the "Morning Wind," according to China Car Times. No word on whether the reporter was cracking up while typing those words.

The Nissan-Dongfeng joint-venture first announced the Venucia brand in July 2011. Less than a year later, the China State Council said it hoped to have as many as 5 million plug-in vehicles on China's roads by 2020 as a way to address pollution issues with rapidly growing pollution in the country's largest cities. As a result, companies like General Motors and Tesla have included China in their vehicle-electrification strategies.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Dongfeng, China's third-largest automaker, will gear up to start production on its Fengshen E30 EV electric city car next year. That model was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012. Earlier this year, Donfeng-Nissan showed off the Viwa Concept EV.


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      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or they could combine the name here with the Chinese name and call it the Leaf Blower, sell them at Home Depot with the riding mowers.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morning Wind? That usually happens *before* you get out of bed, not on the way to work.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please can they make the headlight units big enough to be seen? They're so tiny.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they named it after a post-wakeup fart?
      focussvt943
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morning Wind? I have the same thing after a late night trip to Taco Bell.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morning Wind is not that bad. Morning Blow however...
      Iamazing
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morning Wind? Should have been the Queef.
      Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
      That's why I never eat broccoli before going to bed.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's still horrendously ugly. Look at it. It looks like a doofus. I saw one on the road today. Those ridiculous buggy headlamps bulging out of the hood like that make it look like it's about to burst into tears at any moment. Maybe because the poor thing just met a mirror for the first time.
      nitrostreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, at least they're not going to call it the 中國哲學書電子化計劃
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like an old Benny Hill joke.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      ummm... Mr. King is an idiot.
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