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2015 Nissan’s Bumper Year In Europe

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 29th, 2016

Nissan enjoyed its best-selling year in Europe for the brand in 2015. They had three big reveals while they continue to pump out vehicles from the Barcelona and Sunderland plants. All the marketing they’ve done in 2015 paid off. Nissan sold 715,623 vehicles last year. This number was bolstered in December with sales for that month reaching 61,823.

Nissan Leaf

If we were to look at the market share for Nissan in Europe, they only command 4 percent. Combined with their low cost, sub-premium brand Datsun, they might hold a little over 4.2 percent. Even with the numbers as low as that, they are the best-selling Japanese brand on the continent – beating out Toyota, Suzuki and every other major Japanese automaking brand.

Significant sales spikes happened in 2015. The Nissan Pulsar sold 50 percent more vehicles in 2015 that they did in 2014. The Nissan X-Trail, a vehicle similar to the Nissan Rogue, the Nissan Juke and the Nissan Qashqai also had significant increases in 2015 over reported numbers from the previous year.

The Nissan LEAF

Even the Nissan LEAF sold more than anything else. The vehicle continues to be the leading vehicle in the EV segment. They sold more than 15,000 vehicles. Nissan expects these numbers to continue to rise in 2016. The 2016 LEAF has a 30kWh capability, giving it an extended range that makes it a much more viable proposition for commuters.

For all the vehicles that Nissan sold in 2015, over 400,000 vehicles came from their Sunderland UK plant alone. That makes this particular manufacturing plant the most productive plant in the whole of the United Kingdom.

As Nissan is enjoying these numbers, they know that their work is far from complete.

Every year, their market share increases. Nissan announced that they had their best year ever when they were reporting the 2014 numbers close to a year ago. Of course, in 2014, they had 12 launches in 12 months. Put in perspective, their market share is no surprise.

What’s interesting to note is that Nissan sold 15,000 LEAFs in 2014 and that number didn’t actually rise in 2015. Either way, the Nissan LEAF is the most popular electric vehicle in the whole of Europe.

Nissan has big plans for 2016. At this point, only time will tell if this year will be better than the last. At the very least, Nissan has high hopes.


2016 Nissan LEAF To Get Triple-Digit EV Range

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, June 6th, 2015

2015 Nissan LEAF

Nissan has a problem. The next generation of their all-star EV, the Nissan leaf, isn’t due out until the middle of 2017 at the earliest. But, many of the car’s competitors are starting to rise in popularity, due in large part to their new model offerings.

For example, BMW’s new i3 (which can be had as a PHEV or EV) doubled its sales in May. The car’s biggest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, just had its best month of sales ever in May with 1,618 deliveries, less than a thousand short of the Leaf’s May sales… And Chevy’s bringing their next-generation Volt out at the end of this year, not next.

If something doesn’t change soon, there’s a very good chance that the Volt will outsell the Leaf for the first time ever before the end of 2015. Unacceptable!

So, what’s Nissan going to do?

According to a recent report from InsideEVs, Nissan plans to offer an upgraded battery on the two higher trims of the Leaf for the 2016 model year. The SV and SL trims will both come with a 30 kWh battery, while the baseline S trim will retain the 24 kWh unit that’s used in all Nissan’s EVs now.

A 30 kWh battery would represent a 25% increase in the Leaf’s power storage capacity, which would allow the EV to finally hit triple-digit range numbers… According to the anonymous dealerships cited by InsideEVs, Nissan estimates the new Leaf will get a range between 105 and 110 miles per charge. Of course, Nissan’s official spokesman, Brian Brockman, is adamant that these are not to be taken as official specs. He told Autoblog, “We have made no public announcement about the 2016 Nissan LEAF. We do not comment on future product details.”

Also, keep in mind that this new expanded battery is still only a shadow of the potential that Nissan has hinted at for the next-gen model due out in mid-2017. Current rumors state that the next-gen Leaf will have a range beyond 200 miles, which would put it unquestionably ahead of even the Tesla Model 3, much less the 50-mile range of the next-gen Chevy Volt.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan LEAF

Since it’s going to still be at least a couple more years until the next-generation Nissan Leaf hits the market, now is the perfect time to pick up an affordable first-gen Leaf from the auctions in Japan.

2014 Nissan LEAF rear

What we have here is a 2014 model year in a Deep Blue Pearl, which we expect to be added to the lineup as a standard color option for the 2016 model year.

2014 Nissan LEAF interior

Other than that, you probably already know if this car is for you. It’s a standard 2014 Nissan Leaf in spectacular shape with less than 7,000 kilometers on the odometer. A 5 auction rating, A-grade interior and exterior, barely a scratch or blemish across the entire car. Learn more via the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Nissan LEAF auction sheet

Interior A, exterior A, first registered April 2014, X 80th Special Color Limited model, FAT, AAC, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system and TV, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratches, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map


Nissan Leaf Sets New Annual Sales Record for 2nd Time

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

2014 Nissan Leaf

As kids across the US went door-to-door asking for candy this weekend, Nissan executives were busy celebrating yet another record achievement in October. Two record achievements, in fact; with October’s sales in, the Nissan Leaf EV easily broke a new annual sales record and marked an unprecedented monthly sales goal.

Here are the specifics:

Nissan ended 2013 with a total of 22,610 Leafs sold, which was a new annual record at the time. They ended last month with year-to-date sales at 24,411, shattering their previous record by nearly 2,000 units with two months of sales left to go. If you do the math, it’s looking like Nissan will end the year with nearly 30,000 Leaf sales, which represents a 36% average increase in sales throughout 2014 compared to last year.

Looking over to the monthly sales, Nissan sold 2,589 Leaf electric vehicles last month. That’s not the most they’ve ever sold (they moved 3,186 units in August 2014), but it does mark another record achievement… The Nissan Leaf is the only EV that’s managed to go 20 months in a row with better sales than the same time last year. Compare that to the Chevy Volt, whose 2014 sales are down nearly 15% compared to 2013.

The next EV sales record on Nissan’s radar is for US lifetime sales. The Chevrolet has sold 70,531 Volts since its launch in 2010 compared to the 66,533 lifetime Leaf sales. But it’s only a matter of time… If the Leaf keeps outpacing the Volt by about 1,000 units per month (which it’s done for the past year), then Nissan should claim the lifetime US sales record by the end of Q1 2015.

2012 Nissan Leaf Auction Find

The Nissan Leaf EV has continued to perform above and beyond the competition because, put simply, it’s a better EV. To commemorate Nissan’s October sales achievements, we’ve picked out a pristine 2012 Nissan Leaf from our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction system.

2012 Nissan Leaf EV

You can see that this model has a well-kept metallic black exterior, and the auction sheet (bottom of post) shows only a few minor dings across the entire body.

2012 Nissan Leaf EV interior

Inside, we have a cozy, modern interior with plush seats and some really nice technology. You can see an advanced information display on the dash, with the digital speedometer sitting separately behind and above the steering wheel. You also have a built-in navigation system with flexible entertainment options, along with keyless entry, A/C, power windows, power steering, and anti-lock brakes.

The 2011/2012 model years both ran on Nissan’s original electric powertrain, which boasted and EPA-rated 117 km (73 mile) driving range. However, drivers reported between 62 miles and 138 miles depending on driving conditions.

All in all, we think this is a great Japanese car auction find. Keep reading below for a full translation of the auction sheet:

2012 Nissan Leaf EV auction sheet

“Interior A, G model, ZAA emissions code, FAT, AAC, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, reversing rearview camera, LED lights, first registered November 2012, first time in auction, side and curtain airbags, charging cable, no SRS, minor interior grime, exterior paintwork has light scratches, light scratches on left front door, light scratches underneath rear bumper, other marks as per map.”


This is Sparky – The Nissan Leaf Pickup You’ll Never Drive

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, September 20th, 2014

What do you get when you cross a Nissan Leaf with a pickup truck?

Sparky Nissan Leaf Pickup

Nissan has a unique way of approaching corporate team-building exercises. Where most companies might build a bike, Nissan’s engineers build a car. That car is Sparky the all-electric ute (utility coupe), a green car that’s used as a parts hauler at Nissan’s Reliability Group in Stanfield, Arizona. Although this cool little car probably won’t ever become commercially available, it’s too cool not to cover.

Nissan Sparky with Reliability Group engineers

In case it’s not obvious from the front-end, this eco-friendly cargo hauler started life as a conventional Nissan Leaf. It’s the brainchild of Rolland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, two head durability and reliability engineers at the expansive Stanfield premises. It started when Moulinet had to kill two birds with one stone – he needed a team-building project and a small truck to haul parts around the Reliability Group’s sprawling campus. He instantly thought of a Leaf pickup, and after a bit of research with Mr. Schellenberg, he knew it could be done.

To build Sparky, the engineers took the body of a Nissan Leaf and fused it with the cab of a Titan and the bed of a Frontier. The project took several months, not made any shorter by the fact that neither engineer held back on the bells and whistles. In the video at the bottom of this post, you’ll see how they added a power rear-window to the back of the cab and woody-style beams along the truck’s bed.

Sparky Nissan Leaf Pickup rear view

On top of that, Sparky is fully wired with head- and taillights, and has a surprisingly stylish finish with a voluptuous rear-end and distinct rear spoiler.

Apparently, Schellenberg and the rest of Nissan’s humble engineers actually wanted to keep their creation a secret, but visitors to the Stanfield center had other ideas. “We tried to keep it a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that track and they go straight to ‘What is it?’”

For those of you food like to create your own version of Sparky the Leaf-based ute, all you have to do is spend years in the field of rough-road vehicle testing. Moulinet explained that his “main job here is working on rough-road vehicles … I’m pretty good at taking cars completely apart the bare frame and putting them back together again to resume testing.”

To hear the full story of how Sparky came to be, watch the video below:


Nissan News: Cube Dropped, Self-Cleaning Leaf EV & More

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Immaculate Nissan

After the departure of Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen last week, it has continued to be a busy month for Nissan. In fact, so many things are happening with the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker that we don’t have enough blog posts to cover every single one. So, today we’re going to give you a bird’s eye view of Nissan’s latest goings on with three different news tidbits:

Nissan Cube Dropped for 2015MY

2013 Nissan Cube

If you’ve been saving up for a brand-new Nissan Cube, you’d better plan on buying one before the end of the year. At last week’s Nissan Product Day, the Japanese carmaker released their full 2015 lineup, and the Cube was eerily absent from the list. When questioned about the missing vehicle, a Nissan representative evasively praised to the 2014 Cube instead of giving a real answer.

If Nissan has indeed decided to discontinue the Cube in next year’s lineup, no one can blame them for the decision. Honestly, it probably should have been upgraded before now, as sales have continued to decline year after year. But why give it the chop? This is a modern icon that really just needs a reboot, not termination.

The upside is that Nissan also announced a few key updates at their Product Day. Among the most noteworthy improvements, we can expect a refreshed Juke, a refreshed Nissan GT-R and GT-R NISMO, and a next-gen Nissan Murano due at the end of this year. And also …

Nissan Titan Confirmed for Detroit Debut

We already knew that the next-generation Nissan Titan would make its debut early next year, and we had a sneaking suspicion that it would be at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. Now, Nissan has officially confirmed it.

While we’re sure we’ll love all the aesthetic updates that Nissan will make to their aged full-size truck, the changes we’re most excited about are those to the powertrain. The current Nissan Titan is only available with a 5.6L V8 petrol engine, but the new one will get two more powertrain options – a smaller V6 petrol and the highly-anticipated Cummins 5.0L V8 diesel, plus an updated version of the current 5.6L.

Self-Cleaning Nissan Leaf

Self-Cleaning Nissan Leaf

Dubbed “the world’s cleanest car” by the proud, EV-loving Japanese automaker, Nissan showed us a self-cleaning Nissan Leaf EV at their Product Day last week. Apparently, they took a normal Nissan Leaf and treated its exterior with an advanced Ultra-Ever Dry paint that repels all the common filth found in typical road conditions. Rain, standing water, mud, sleet and oils stand no chance against the superhydrophobic and oleophobic paint job, which keeps itself clean by creating a microscopic layer of air between the paint and the outside world.

Nissan NA’s VP of Product Planning, Pierre Loing, said, “The 100% electric Leaf provides the perfect canvas for this and new, advanced paint technology. This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.”

Unfortunately, this self-washing paint won’t be available as a stock option for any Nissan vehicle, EV or otherwise, anytime soon as Nissan is still testing the technology. However, there is a reasonable chance that it will eventually be offered as a manufacturer-installed aftermarket option.


Pearl White 2011 Nissan Leaf up for Auction in Osaka

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Nissan quietly surpassed an enormous milestone last month as, for the first time ever, they sold over 3,000 Nissan Leaf EVs in a single month. To be more specific, they sold 3,117 of their little electric vehicles during the month of May. By way of comparison, Nissan only sold 2,138 Leafs during May of 2013 which makes this a 45% increase over last year’s sales.

2012 Nissan Leaf

To commemorate this press-worthy achievement, we’ve decided to showcase a 2012 Nissan Leaf we found up for auction in Osaka, Japan using the Integrity Exports’ auction system. As you continue reading, you’ll see that Japanese car auctions aren’t just for people seeking ‘classic’ or otherwise outdated cars… This Leaf is an excellent example of the caliber of cars available for those willing to look.

But enough auction hype, let’s break down the details:

Since this is the 2011 model year, you’re looking at an original Nissan Leaf, totally unchanged since its launch that year.

You might not know it, but this model year was actually the catalyst for much debate between Nissan, the EPA and the FTC regarding how exactly electric vehicles’ fuel economy should be measured. Nissan originally launched the Leaf in 2011 with a claimed 100 mile driving radius. However, the EPA quoted a range of 73 miles while the FTC quoted a range of 96 miles to 110 miles. The differences between the ranges came down to how each agency carried out their test drives, as well as the specific conditions under which each test took place.

2012 Nissan Leaf rear

In the end, Nissan finally performed their own extensive testing to find that the 2012 Leaf had a worst-case scenario range of 47 miles and a best-case range of 138 miles. The difference between the two figures can be attributed to factors such as weather conditions, driving style and how many accessories you use while you drive.

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the history behind the Nissan Leaf’s 2012 model year, let’s go a bit more in depth about what you can expect from this particular auction find.

First, it really is in excellent condition with an overall 5.0 rating. Both the interior and the Pearl White exterior are in great shape with ‘B’ and ‘A’ grades respectively. As you can see in the pictures, the Nissan Leaf has a very distinct V-shaped front clip with bubbly LEDs reminiscent of a Nissan Juke. Nissan has admitted that they will try to move away from the “EV look” with future model years, but honestly we find this particular model and hue to be very pleasing. It might not be the most aggressive or sporty aesthetic you’ll ever see, but it’s functional with a drag coefficient of just 0.29 – to give you a reference, the newest Nissan GT-R has a drag coefficient of 0.26, so it’s actually not bad at all.

Beneath the hood, the Leaf’s electric powertrain features a 110 hp front-mounted electric motor powered by a 24 kW-hours lith-ion battery pack. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, the Nissan Leaf will have no problem hitting even the highest speed limits with a top speed of 93mph.

Obviously, there’s a lot more that could be said about such a technologically advanced vehicle, but hopefully we’ve given you a decent overview of what you can expect from this Nissan Leaf. If you’d like more info, feel free to continue reading our detailed auction sheet overview below:

2012 Nissan Leaf Auction Sheet

Here is the translation of the inspector’s report. (This is exactly what you would get if you were a customer looking to bid on this car.)

Grade 5, interior B, exterior condition A, first registered Feb 2011, ZAA emissions code, power steering, power windows, airbags, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, AC, LED headlights, solar module, recharging cable loaded inside car, door interior trim has minor scratches, minor interior grime, front windscreen stone scratches, 3/10 tread on all tires, marks as per map


Nissan Hints at Intentions for the Next-Gen Nissan Leaf EV

Posted by Stephen On Monday, May 12th, 2014

Nissan has big changes in store for their next-generation Leaf even though the new model isn’t due for debut until sometime after 2017. There’s no doubt that the Leaf is an important vehicle for Nissan, so they’re going to take the next few years to improve its foundation – the battery.

2014 Nissan Leaf

The information comes via recent interview between Nissan company executives and Automotive News, as well as an interview with Andy Palmer following last month’s Beijing Motor Show.

Better Range from a Better Battery

The 2014 Nissan Leaf has an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles, which is a 9-mile improvement over the previous model year’s 75 mile range. However, even though Nissan credits the improvement to some slight mechanical tweaks, the truth is that the EPA updated their driving range calculation for 2014, so nothing’s really changed. Nonetheless, the fact that Nissan wants you to think something’s changed reveals a truth about electric vehicles – better range equals more sales. Nissan’s executives confirmed exactly that in their interview with Automotive News.

So, how do you get better range from an electric vehicle?

With a better battery!

According to the aforementioned interview with Andy Palmer, “Battery chemistry is all about range and energy density. That’s where you see the technology moving very, very fast. This really is the game-changing technology.”

The next obvious question is, exactly how far will the next Nissan Leaf be able to go?

While Palmer didn’t give us a specific answer, he did estimate that an electric vehicle would need to travel a minimum of 186 miles (300km) per charge to compete with the HFCVs that’ll be on the market within the next few years. That would be a 120% improvement over the current Leaf’s range.

In the meantime, Nissan intends to update current and future Leafs over the next couple years with more durable batteries for increased lifespan.

Next-Gen Nissan Leaf Design

Automotive News also elicited a few hints about the next-gen Leaf’s aesthetics, and they’re actually quite interesting. According to Mamoru Aoki, Nissan’s chief of global design, the Japanese automaker has a new policy for electric vehicle design. “The current Leaf is aiming too much at an EV-like appearance. Tesla doesn’t look EV at all. The Tesla S just looks nice, very sporty, sleek, but very authentic.”

To translate this point of view into possible design projections, you can expect the next Nissan Leaf to retain its hatchback structure, but look a lot less like an EV. That means it’ll probably inherit Nissan’s V-Motion design theme with a classy, premium-feeling aesthetic instead of a bubbly, hipster one.

Speaking of premium, Nissan executives also offered a possible launch date for the delayed Infiniti EV sedan. Palmer had already cited insufficient battery technology as the reason for the wait, so with this news about the next-gen Leaf’s improved range, it’s natural to assume the Infiniti EV will come around the same time. That means it’ll probably arrive in late 2016 or early 2017. However, Palmer did explicitly state that it would come BEFORE the next-gen Leaf, citing that the Infiniti EV’s larger body allows more room for a bigger battery.

As you can see, Nissan definitely isn’t going to rest on their laurels with the successful Leaf EV. Even as sales continue to grow year after year, the Japanese car maker is seeking ways to improve their already top-notch vehicle.


Fully Autonomous Nissan Leaf May Be Closer Than You Think

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Autonomous Nissan Leaf

According to any futuristic sci-fi movie from the 1970s, by 2013 we should have been driving flying cars. Unfortunately, while there have been some steps in that direction, no automaker is ready to shake things up quite that much just yet. Autonomous cars, on the other hand, now that’s a goal to shoot for. And if Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has anything to say about it, we may be driving hands-free sooner than you think.

It was just one year ago that Nissan impressed us with their first-ever self-parking car at Japan’s annual Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies show (CEATEC for short). Now, one year later, they’re demonstrating their first ever Autonomous Driving Nissan Leaf prototype. They’ve allowed everyone from journalists to competing CEO Akio Toyoda to go for a ride, and reactions have been glowing all around.

After her test drive, Li Hui, a head producer for Pheonix TV out of Hong Kong, confidently stated that the technology would be wholeheartedly adapted by Chinese drivers if it were available right now.  She felt that women in particular would benefit from autonomous driving, as it would free up the many hours spent commuting each week for other things. Imagine being able to eat breakfast, put on makeup, and otherwise prepare for the day on your way to work. And who wouldn’t want to get some extra sleep in on the way to work as well? Not only would you make better use of your time, you’d be saving money on fuel because it’s an EV, and you’d be safer because the car drives itself perfectly.

Obviously, a fully autonomous vehicle is one of those things you have to see to believe. So, check out the video below and see for yourself:

For our more technologically inclined to readers, the Nissan Leaf drives itself through the use of five lasers and five cameras mounted around the car’s exterior.  The cameras and lasers work together to direct the car safely around a track.  In the video above, you’ll see the Autonomous Driving Nissan Leaf stop at stop signs, drive around a stalled car, yield for other human-operated vehicles, and smoothly glide through u-turns.

In another video, CEO target=”_blank”>Carlos Ghosn gets behind the wheel for himself and discusses what this debut means for Nissan. He praises his team of engineers for the enormous advancements they’ve made in just one year, but at the same time he acknowledges that the success of this prototype only serves to put more pressure on Nissan. He claims that they will have a commercially available autonomous vehicle by 2020, “at the latest.” That sounds like a recipe for more long nights in the lab for the geeks. Good job the car will be able to drive them home at the end of all of that.

Nissan has already worked out an agreement with the Japanese government to target=”_blank”>begin testing semi-autonomous vehicles on real roads with real people. According to their tests, the AD Leaf shows better reaction times than any human driver.

Toru Futami, Nissan’s head of IT and ITS Development, says that their end-goal is to have a system that predicts and reacts to every conceivable circumstance, from a child running into the road to another car running a red light. Perfect safety and perfect convenience are the joint objectives, and if the autonomous Nissan Leaf at CEATEC is any indication, both goals will be met sooner rather than later.


Nissan Leaf Selling Well, Charging Smarter… Still Losing Value

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

As our regular readers are aware, Nissan is putting quite a lot of faith in its all-electric Leaf. CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to put 1.5M electric vehicles on the road by 2016, and the Nissan Leaf is how he’s going to do it. In addition, the Leaf is an important car simply because it’s one of the pioneers for the automotive industry. For those reasons and more, we figured today we’d check in on the little EV and see what’s new.

Nissan Leaf

2nd Best Month for the 2nd Month in a Row

While we can all acknowledge that 1.5 million total sales in less than 3 years is probably unrealistic, the Nissan Leaf is still doing extremely well. It seems like it’s broken a new sales record every month this year. The best month ever was March with 2,236 sales. Then, Nissan had an awesome month in April with 1,937 Leaf EVs sold, the second-best month ever. But, the new second-best month ever was May with 2,138 Leaf sales, over 300% more sales than in May of 2012.

Nobody can deny that the Nissan Leaf is selling well. The car continues to gain popularity as it begins moving up the product diffusion curve from Innovators to Early Adopters – a 500% larger market, statistically. My guess is that these record-setting months will continue throughout 2013.

My Electric Avenue

In addition to improved sales, Nissan continues to refine their product offer with new innovations. Today, Autocar published a very interesting article detailing Nissan’s new My Electric Avenue project in the UK. This project is aimed at exploring relationships with electric companies that will become necessary if EVs ever gain widespread popularity.

I encourage you to read the article for yourself, but basically, My Electric Avenue will allow a small community of 10 drivers in the same neighborhood to lease a Leaf for £100 per month for 18 months. The goal of is for all 10 vehicles to charge on a regular power grid without overloading it, even if all 10 vehicles are plugged in at the same time (for example, in the evening after work). This will be accomplished by reallocating power distribution throughout low-use periods each night.

Okay, okay, My Electric Avenue isn’t the most exciting project in the world, but it’s a necessary one nonetheless. Plus, it just goes to show that Nissan is definitely playing a long game. And yet, despite this commitment to innovation…

KBB Projects Decreased Value for 2013 Leafs

Obviously, all cars decrease in value over time, but the difference is how much. At the end of 2011, Automotive News reports that Kelley Blue Book projected the 2012 Nissan Leaf to hold 40% MSRP after three years. However, the 2013 Leaf is only expected to retain 35% of its value.

This isn’t all gloom and doom, however. The decrease in projected value isn’t so much because of the Leaf itself, but because of the nature of used car buyers. KBB says that these economically-focused drivers just aren’t into electric vehicles yet. This makes sense, since if you’re buying a used car, you probably care about price more than emissions. Since electric vehicles are more expensive by default than their internally combusted counterparts, it’s to be expected that they wouldn’t do very well in that market. So, disappointing, but not really surprising.

At the beginning of this article we set out to update you on the Nissan Leaf, and as you can tell, all is going well. And, as an added bonus, while Nissan Leaf sales continue to improve, Chevrolet Volt sales continue to remain steady or decline. For those of you with a vested interest in Japanese cars, this is worth at least the smallest of fist pumps. Huzzah!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more Japanese car news, and thanks for reading.

Additional source: Autoblog Green


Live Japan Car Auction Sheet Translation Video #4

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

In today’s video, I take a look at a Nissan Leaf — the first electric car I’ve tackled in these videos. I also explain why the “ETC” you see in the sales points of the auction sheet doesn’t stand for “et certera”, as well as why it can be handy when the auction notes the dimensions of the car on the auction sheet.

Enjoy, and make sure you tell me in the comments what kinds of cars you would like me to cover in future auction sheet translation videos.

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Previous videos:

Video #1 Mercedes SLK
Video #2 Grade R Skyline
Video #3 Toyota Prius