Some West Coast Nissan dealers are cutting prices on the Leaf, offering some for as much as $5,000 less than the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $37,250, Green Car Reports says.
Both the North Bay Nissan in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fontana Nissan in Southern California are making these price cuts, which puts the Leaf's bottom-line cost, after factoring in $10,000 in federal and state incentives, at about $23,000. That's
Meanwhile, Seattle's Campbell Nelson Nissan has cut the downpayment out of its 39-month lease altogether, pricing it at $369 a month, inclusive of a Level 2 charging station. Last month, Nissan cut the monthly lease payment for a Leaf by $60, to $289 a month, even as it extended the term to 39 months from 36 and hiked the downpayment by $1,000 to $2,900. Back in 2011, Nissan raised the Leaf's price. We have to assume that the California price drops are meant to encourage more sales of the EV, which have lagged this year. Nissan sold 3,148 Leafs in the U.S. through June, down 19 percent from a year earlier.