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By Eric Loveday ·
February 01, 2013

Volt and LEAF Sales Drop Off in January 2013

January is rarely a strong sales month for automakers in general and both the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt were no exception to this rule. Volt sales hit a 12-month low and LEAF sales didn't fare well either. Both automakers blame low inventories for the decline in January.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 14, 2013

Entry-Level 2013 Nissan LEAF Price Dropped to $28,800

Nissan announced today that U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan LEAF will start at an MSRP of $28,800 for the newly-added S grade, making it the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States. Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the vehicle for as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits, putting the LEAF on par with gas-powered vehicles of its size.

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By Eric Loveday ·
January 03, 2013

Chevy Volt Sales Sizzling Once More, Nissan LEAF Stays Steady

Sales of the Chevy Volt rebounded dramatically in December with GM reporting it sold 2,633 units. As for YTD results, Volt sales increased by a dramatic 205.8 percent in 2012, compared to 2011. Similarly, the Nissan LEAF had a decent month with sales coming in at 1,489 units, but YTD results weren't nearly as impressive as the Volt.

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By Zach McDonald ·
January 02, 2013

New LEAF Warranty Will Cover Battery Capacity Loss

After a summer filled with LEAF battery capacity loss claims that were only amplified by Nissan’s slow response, the carmaker has announced a major step that could help to put warm weather LEAF drivers’ minds at ease concerning the problem. In a trio of posts at MyNissanLEAF.com, Nissan told the LEAF community that beginning in Spring 2013, the car’s New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty will include a 5-year, 60,000-mile protection against battery loss in excess of 30 percent.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 17, 2012

Nissan: “We Were Arrogant” about Electric Car Market

Nissan is reassessing its electric car program after failing to achieve its sales targets for 2012. For most of this year, Nissan executives refused to admit that it would not double last year’s sales—even when the sales pace indicated fewer (rather than more) sales than in 2011. Automotive News today is quoting Al Castignetti, Nissan vice president for sales: "We were a little bit arrogant as a manufacturer when we went to the 50-state rollout." Castignetti spoke with Automotive News in late November. "We had assumed that there were people just waiting for the vehicle who would raise their hand and say, 'Give me a LEAF, give me a LEAF, give me a LEAF.'"

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 13, 2012

Kelley Blue Book’s LEAF Resale Values Lag Behind Other Vehicles

After recently hearing from some Nissan LEAF owners who were disappointed in trade-in offers they had received for their cars, I decided to look into Kelley Blue Book’s valuations of used LEAFs. As it turns out, they were lower than other similarly priced vehicles. What accounts for this difference, and will it prove to be an obstacle for Nissan and the EV market as a whole?

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 07, 2012

Fiat and Nissan Spar Over EV Aesthetics

Fiat’s director of product marketing, Matt Davis, took an implied shot at the LEAF earlier this week at a launch event for the Fiat 500e. "Let's be honest, ugliness is probably one of the worst forms of pollution," said Davis. "The Fiat 500e proves that you do not have to give up on good looks to deliver an electric car." Simon Sproule, Nissan’s head of global marketing, counterpunched a day later. "Let's face it. Fiat has not shied away from controversial styling themselves,” he said.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 03, 2012

Volt Sales Simmer in November 2012, LEAF Stays Steady

Sales of the Chevy Volt dropped off in November 2012, with General Motors reporting it sold 1,519 units. That's roughly half the 2,961 units GM sold in October 2012—and more than 1,300 units shy of the 2,851 Volts sold in September 2012. Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at a solid 1,539 units in November, compared to 1,579 in October.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 26, 2012

Nissan LEAF Battery Production Begins in Tennessee

Nissan is now making both lithium-ion batteries and electric motors for the LEAF in Tennessee. The final step—production of the 2013 LEAF—is set to begin before year's end, and paves the way for the introduction of the first Nissan EVs that are made in the United States.

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 21, 2012

Nissan Unveils LEAF Improvements, New Pricing

At an event in Japan today, Nissan announced a host of changes for the 2013 edition of the LEAF, including new pricing for a stripped-down version of the car and 15-percent more range. Though the announcements officially pertained only to Japan, Nissan officials told reporters there that similar changes can be expected for other markets as well.

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