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Leaf price increases by thousands for 2012  (Source: Nissan)
Prices go up significantly for Leaf

Of all the green cars on the road today, the two that get the most attention tend to be the pure electric Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, which is classified as a plug-in hybrid. The two cars are selling well and it looks like the price will be increasing for the 2012 model year on both of the vehicles.

Nissan has announced that the price on the Leaf will go up significantly in both base trim and SL trim for 2012. The base Leaf will see its price rise from $32,780 to $35,180. The SL will see an even larger price increase going from $33,720 to $37,250. Nissan also announced that it would up the lease price of the Leaf slightly to $369 monthly from $349 monthly for the 2011 model year.

Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Nissan North America said, "Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan Leaf of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets." He also noted, " In response to direct feedback from Nissan Leaf owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan Leaf — including quick charging and cold-weather features."

The quick charge feature allows the Leaf to be hooked to a 480v charger. That allows the Leaf to recharge in 30-minutes from a dead battery to 80% capacity. The cold weather gear includes a battery heater, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

GM is also offering pricing details on its 2012 Volt. The base Volt for 2012 will have a price of $39,995 including the $850 destination charge. In 2011, the Volt started at $41,000. The Volt with navigation and Bose sound is rising in price by $990 compared to 2011 models.

In June, GM reports that it sold 2,745 Volts while Nissan reports selling 4,400 Leaf EVs.

Nissan is also already putting thought into what to do with Leaf batteries when the cars reach the end of their usable life.



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RE: I'd rather have an efficient diesel
By knutjb on 7/21/2011 1:24:35 AM , Rating: 2
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The UK and other countries have many choices in diesels. Ford and GM ("Vauxhall") offer some of them. I'm tired of having only VW as an option here.
Again, the difference between the US and Europe is the US has higher demand for diesel than Europe. The freight rail system is the number one consumer of diesel with jet fuel and long haul truckers. Europe uses its fuels differently. Therefore most manufacturers refrain from selling diesel powered cars in the US.


By superstition on 7/21/2011 1:47:03 AM , Rating: 1
Provide the massive tax incentive for diesel cars that's currently going to these electric toy cars and you'll see sales.

Bring over the Ford and GM diesels that are selling in Europe and you'll see sales.

Improve our fuel so that it meets the minimum lubricity spec of engine makers and you'll see more sales.

There are reasons why Europe has higher demand, most of which are readily addressable.

The fact is, diesel technology is more practical and sensible than electric technology for the majority of Americans.


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