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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.

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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.

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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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.

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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.

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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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

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

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If a report in the Times of London is accurate, it would go a long way toward explaining Nissan's claims that the Leaf electric car will be profitable at just $33,000. The report, which focuses mainly on Nissan executive Andy Palmer, states that the 24 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack for the EV costs only £6,000 (about $9,000) to produce. That works out to just $375 per kWh, a figure that no one else in the industry is currently claiming is possible.

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2010 Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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File this under: spotlight on China. First, General Motors committed to Chinese market-specific hybrids and plug-ins, now Nissan wants in on the action. Case in point, Nissan will release its Leaf electric vehicle in China followed by a possible hybrid Infiniti and, if all goes as planned, the company will break ground on a Chinese production plant, too.

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

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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