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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.

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:

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:

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

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

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

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

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

Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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

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

Nissan Leaf iAd – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nissan Leaf ad featuring Lance Armstrong - Click above to watch video after the jump

In auto speak, conquest sales can be loosely defined as a legal form of stealing from others, as in taking potential sales away from other models or swiping buyers who are typically loyal to another brand. Conquest sales are highly coveted, and most automakers actually aim to make vehicles that will sway buyers away from another brand and towards a lifelong commitment to its models. If gaining conquest sales was Nissan's goal with the Leaf, early results show that it succeeded in spades.

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