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29Nissan Leaf Nismo headed for production, spec-race series canned?

Remember the Nismo Leaf Nismo Concept show at the Tokyo Motor Show more than a year ago? To refresh your memory, it was a Nissan Leaf gussied up with an aerodynamic body kit, new wheels and a few cosmetic enhancements inside the cabin – the motor and powertrain remain unchanged. In any case, it appears that the green vehicle has received the green light for limited production.

31Nissan Leaf available nationwide in March

The wait is over. After the initial launch in limited markets at the end of 2010 and a methodical rollout in 2011, the Nissan Leaf will finally be available to order all around the U.S. starting pretty much immediately. Nissan recently sent out an email that reads, in part:

51A word on Nissan Leaf sales, orders and reservation numbers [w/poll]

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:

60Report: Nissan admits Leaf EV launch could have been handled better

2011 Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddReport: Nissan admits Leaf EV launch could have been handled better

2011 Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

24Nissan Leaf owners have rapid response system lying in wait

2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddNissan and this polar bear want to love you - if you drive a Leaf

Nissan Leaf "Polar Bear" spot – Click above to watch video after the jump

Add2011 Nissan Leaf was "tortured" to make it safe

2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddMore evidence that Nissan is confident of all-electric Leaf's financial viability

Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

16Nissan announces Leaf rollout plans, 8-year battery warranty

Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddPlug-in 2010: Nissan announces Leaf rollout plans, 8-year battery warranty

Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddVideo: Ride along as the Nissan Leaf takes to the road

Nissan Leaf test drive – Click above to watch video after the jump

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