In a roundtable interview today at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a $6,400 price drop for the base-model 2013 Nissan Leaf. Last year's base model was $35,200, while the new base-level 2013 Leaf S starts at $28,800. Ghosn says the new prices make the Leaf the least expensive five-seater electric for sale in the US.
The Leaf has arrived in Sweden. Nissan says sales of the award-winning electric will officially kick off in Nordic country in the coming weeks and that the first batch of electric hatchbacks will be delivered to Swedes in early 2012.
It's official: beginning this fall, Nissan dealerships in Canada will start selling the electric Leaf, the world's first mass-produced, zero-emissions vehicle. With an MSRP that starts at $38,395 ($39,341 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for the SV base model and $39,995 ($40,980 U.S.) for the range-topping SL model, the Leaf will hit Canada carrying a price tag that's significantly higher than the electric hatchback's $32,780 MSRP in the U.S.
The price wars for the Nissan Leaf are well underway, with one dealer committing to $500 off of the Leaf's MSRP, and another jumping in on the action by offering a $1,000 discount. Of course, this was all followed by yet another dealer claiming to beat both of those deals. Now, North Bay Nissan is ready to trump all of the existing offers out there by offering an astounding five percent off of the Leaf's MSRP.
The first round of test drives of the production Nissan Leaf is over and the overwhelming majority of reviews are extremely positive. Autocar, well known for its in-depth and often critical reviews, walked away with smiles after piloting the Leaf around the track. We can't say that the final verdict is in just yet, but we'd like to think that the glowing reviews of the Leaf are a sign that Nissan got it right.
Virtually every popular car that's also produced in low quantities is subject to dealer price gouging. High demand, coupled with low supply, typically allows dealers to get away with charging customers more than the sticker price for these rare vehicles. We had thought that the Nissan Leaf would be no exception to this trend. However, Nissan's director of product planning for North America, Mark Perry believes that it's not gonna happen with the Leaf.
Oregon has always been a state that values its independence (without having to threaten secession). In fact, the state motto is "alis volat propriis," which (ignoring the no-feminine-pronoun-in-Latin issue) means "she flies with her own wings." That independent spirit lends itself to open-mindedness – which might be a big reason Oregon is quickly becoming a favored proving ground for electric vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure – and is just one of many reasons we want