The 2012 Nissan Leaf will go on sale in Norway this fall. At 255,000 Norwegian kroner ($47,112 U.S. at the current exchange rate), the Leaf will be priced to directly compete with Norway's conventional (gas- and diesel-powered) compact vehicles. Come this fall, Norway will be the ninth European country to launch the zero-emissions electric hatchback.
Nissan says the Leaf's operating costs are less than 12 Norwegian kroner per 100 kilometers ($2.21 per 62 miles). That price includes the battery pack, a five-year subscription to Nissan's Carwings in-vehicle telematics system and roadside assistance. The Leaf is exempt from Norway's non-recurring vehicle tax, VAT, public parking fees and toll payments.
All Norway-bound Leafs come equipped with air conditioning, satellite navigation, rear-view parking camera, a quick-charge socket, smartphone connectivity and a cold-weather package, which includes a battery heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and an HVAC duct to the rear seating area.
Norwegians interested in reserving a Leaf can click here for more details. Hat tip to Guillaume!
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--Award-winning, zero-emission car priced at 255,000 NOK--
OSLO (July 6, 2011) - The 100% electric Nissan LEAF will go on sale in Norway this autumn, making Norway the ninth market in Europe to launch the award-winning, zero-emission vehicle.
At 255,000 NOK, the European and World Car of the Year will cost about the same as a regular compact family hatchback, but with considerably lower running costs. Running costs in Norway are estimated at less than 12 NOK per 100 km. The price includes the battery (which carries a five-year/100,000 km warranty), a five-year subscription to the unique telematic service, and EV specific roadside assistance.
Nissan LEAF is exempt from non-recurring vehicle tax and VAT in Norway. The car is also exempt from public parking fees and toll payments.
"We are confident Nissan LEAF with its family-sized practicality, zero emission tailpipe and ultra-low running costs will appeal to customers in Norway, just like it has appealed to thousands of other customers around the world," said Guillaume Cartier, Managing Director, Nissan Nordic Europe.
Interested customers should head to the Nissan website - http://www.nissan.no/ - where they can find more details about the ground-breaking car.
Nissan LEAF comes fully equipped with air conditioning, satellite navigation, rear-view parking camera, a quick charge socket and innovative smart-phone connectivity that will allow users to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via a mobile phone allowing for better range management.
The car also comes equipped with the following items for the Nordic climate:
heated front seats
heated rear seats
heated steering wheel
battery heating system
Deliveries of Nissan LEAF - which has a range between charges of up to 175 km as tested over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) - have already begun in the UK, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal. Order books have also opened in Switzerland, France, Spain and Belgium with customers in those markets expected to start receiving their cars shortly. The first deliveries in Norway are expected to start by the end of this year.
Nissan LEAF recently received a top five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), making it one of the safest cars on the road in Europe.
About Nissan Nordic Europe
Nissan Nordic Europe is responsible for the importation and marketing of cars for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company employs about 170 professionals and is based in Espoo, Finland.