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Nissan Leaf
So far, Nissan has only sold 6,791 Leafs for the year

Nissan has been shooting for 20,000 total sales of its all-electric Leaf in 2012, but the automaker has finally admitted that it just won't be able to reach that number.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reported yesterday that the company will not reach its goal of 20,000 Leafs sold in all of 2012. Nissan was pretty confident throughout the year despite declining sales, and refused to give up the notion that it could double last year's sales until now.

"The forecast we have given ourselves for the year will not be reached," said Ghosn.

For all of 2011, Nissan sold 9,679 Leafs. After nearly achieving 10,000 sales, it declared a new sales goal of 20,000 in 2012 -- doubling the previous year's.

While Nissan had its best sales month in October 2012 with 1,579 sold, the overall year was pretty disappointing. So far, Nissan has only sold 6,791 for the year, making it impossible to even reach last year's 10,000 mark let alone doubling that.

Nissan has even tried to lure customers in this year with price cuts. It took $3,250 off the price tag of each 2012 Leaf model starting in August. This is a considerable jump from the $850 discounts it was giving back in January. The 2012 Leaf starts at $36,050.

In addition, Nissan reduced lease costs of the 2012 Leaf from $249 per month to $219 per month with $2,999 down for 32 months.

Despite this failure to meet the mark, Nissan isn't giving up. In a video last month, Nissan said it now aims to sell 1.5 million EVs cumulatively by 2016.

While the Leaf seems to be withering in terms of sales, its competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, is doing quite well. In the first seven months of 2012 alone, the Volt was already at 10,666 sales. According to Plugin Cars, the 2012 year-to-date sales for the Volt is at 19,309 units -- nearly hitting Nissan's goal of 20,000 for the year.

General Motors (GM) recently said it plans to start building 500,000 cars with electrification technologies annually by 2017. It also developed a new way to use Volt batteries (which have been retired from the road) to power homes during blackouts. GM partnered with automation and power technologies company ABB Group as well as Duke Energy to find useful applications for EV batteries after they've been exhausted in vehicles.

The end result was a unit that contains five Volt lithium-ion battery packs that can provide two hours of electricity to three to five U.S. homes during a blackout. According to GM, the unit can provide 25 kilowatt hours of power and 50 kilowatt hours of energy.

Source: The Detroit News

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By Nortel on 11/17/2012 12:41:39 AM , Rating: 5
In other news, researchers have discovered people don't want to pay $36,050 for an ugly all electric piece of garbage.

RE: orly
By xype on 11/17/2012 2:23:22 AM , Rating: 3
Someone should give those researchers a medal! :D

It’s funny how car companies manage to still make ugly as shit cars these days. It’s like noone ever takes a step back when they design them and says "You know what? Scrap this, it’s fucking ugly!"

RE: orly
By Kurz on 11/17/2012 9:52:12 AM , Rating: 2
Why do they keep trying to make these cars unconventional looking is beyond me.

RE: orly
By KFZ on 11/17/2012 12:39:14 PM , Rating: 4
While it's not the prettiest thing, there are many popular makes and models I personally find hideous; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The reality is that this is built and billed as an economy vehicle, yet simple arithmetic will tell you that people with limited needs and intelligence do not have nor would ever throw $40k at a compact.

And, just for the record, people do not jump vehicles to "save" the planet over "getting off oil" and pseudo-zero emissions. That's a non-starter. People took advantage of Cash-For-Clunkers to reap personal benefit at the expense of taxpayers and service industries who are still recovering from that catastrophically idiotic policy.

Any company reaps what it sows for putting trends before business sense.

RE: orly
By StormyKnight on 11/17/2012 10:56:10 PM , Rating: 5
The only thing Cash for Clunkers was good for was getting the cars with Obama/Biden bumper stickers off the road.

RE: orly
By luv2liv on 11/18/2012 8:48:04 AM , Rating: 1
beauty is not in the eye of the beholder.

Most "normal" guys find Heidi Klum much much hotter than Barbara Walter. I speak on behalf of straight men, off course.

and yeah, this car is hideous!! i wouldnt be caught dead in it unless Nissan was paying me to drive it. and paying the bills to charge it up.

RE: orly
By Googer on 11/18/2012 2:18:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised the Pontiac Aztec was never an electric vehicle.

RE: orly
By Richard875yh5 on 11/18/2012 8:17:31 AM , Rating: 2
The Pontiac Aztek is not ugly compared to some others. Take the square box looking Scion, now that's ugly. If GM make that, people would be complaining at how ugly it is.

RE: orly
By cknobman on 11/19/2012 10:13:44 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry but the Pontiac Aztek is/was one of the ugly cars ever made. The only thing it was good for was laughing at the idiots seen driving it down the road.

RE: orly
By topkill on 11/20/2012 1:56:13 PM , Rating: 2
The Aztek is Butt-Fugly!!!!

Someone beat that poor bastard with an ugly stick and when it fell out of the ugly tree, it hit its face on every branch on the way down.

RE: orly
By EricMartello on 11/17/2012 2:53:24 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know what it is about Nissan but they've been making some of the fugliest cars on the market recently:

- Rogue
- Murano
- Juke
- Cube

Not only that, but their vehicles are almost all overpriced by $5K-$10K for their particular class. A Maxima's base price is now $32K, pricing it near cars like the BMW 3 Series. If I'm looking at cars that start at that price I'm not going to be considering a non-luxury brand like Nissan. Cars like the Camry and Accord both have V6 models about $10K less base.

Even their GT-R and Z cars look pretty bad compared to the previous designs which had more angular, aggressive styling cues. Looks like the design team behind the Pontiac Asstek found a job at Nissan.

RE: orly
By bug77 on 11/18/2012 12:59:14 PM , Rating: 2
You know how when you have enough beer, every gal starts looking ok(ish)? I guess the car builders think if you spend enough on their cars, they'll start looking ok(ish), too.

RE: orly
By jimbojimbo on 11/17/2012 10:04:25 PM , Rating: 3
I'd buy this car as my commuter, as a second car, only if it was $10k.

RE: orly
By piroroadkill on 11/19/2012 7:32:45 AM , Rating: 3
Yup. Infact, I think there would be countless Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) across the country if they were this cheap. It's a commuter car and nothing more, so it needs to be able to meet that price point.

The problem is, I have to drive to an airport 130 miles away, and I need the capability of doing that in a single round trip. Anything less than 300 miles @ 70+mph is totally useless to me.

The train is no alternative - if I take a morning flight, I'd have to take the train the day before and stay overnight in a hotel, or if the flight is in the evening, I'd have to take time off work to get there in time. Sorry, but hell no.

RE: orly
By stimudent on 11/19/2012 9:01:11 AM , Rating: 2
If Nissan could make Leaf technology work and reasonably price it for the Xterra SUV, they might have a hit on their hands.

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