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By Eric Loveday ·
February 18, 2013

Nissan LEAF Sales Exceed 50,000 Worldwide

Despite all the hand-wringing and controversies, the electric vehicle market continues to grow. Sales of the Nissan LEAF now exceed 50,000 units worldwide. That makes the LEAF the best selling electric vehicle of all time.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
February 08, 2013

January Dip in EV Sales Due to Low Inventory

Don’t count the EV market as down for the count. A number of fairly mundane factors have contributed to the sales lull, including a lack of dealership inventory and the arrival of new, less expensive trim levels.

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By Eric Loveday ·
February 06, 2013

2013 Nissan LEAF Gets Optional Energy-Efficient Bose Audio

Nissan is now touting its newly available Bose system on the SV and SL versions of the 2013 LEAF. "The all-electric Nissan LEAF may be known for being quiet on the outside, but now it's boomin' on the inside," states Nissan in a press release, "with the first custom-designed Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system available on the 2013 model that goes on sale this month."

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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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