Nissan sees slight but expected drop in LEAF sales - WKRN News 2

Nissan sees slight but expected drop in LEAF sales

Posted: Updated: Feb 4, 2013 06:01 PM
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

The all-electric car now being made in Middle Tennessee didn't exactly burn up the road in sales, but the company says it "expected those numbers" after a "strong 2012 fourth quarter."

Six hundred and fifty Nissan LEAFs were sold in the U.S. in the past month

The figure released by the carmaker on Friday compares to sales of 676 LEAFs in January of 2012 and come as Nissan began production of the 2013 LEAF at its Smyrna facility early last month.

The company says its goal is to make 85% of the LEAFs sold in U.S. by 2015 at the Smyrna plant.

A Nissan spokesperson says the automakers nearly depleted its supply of the 2012 LEAF model which, in part, explains the low January figure because of "supply and demand."

The automaker's corporate story played out at Nashville's Action Nissan last month.

The only 2012 LEAF it has left is a demonstration model.
"We had a really good forth quarter and the 650 was the remaining 2012 models still on the ground," said Nissan Action LEAF specialist Cody White. "The availability of the vehicles is what is concerning me, but they are kicking up production of the vehicles this month."

A fully charged Nissan LEAF gets 100 miles at best, but the automaker now touts more charging station networks, and faster charging for its 2013 model, which starting last month, is being made at the automakers huge Smyrna plant.

Nissan also just decreased the LEAF's price to $28,800 in an attempt to lure more buyers from an initial price tag what was well in the 30s, even with numerous government incentives for consumers to buy an all electric car.

The company says the LEAF is "the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the United States."

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