Nissan Leaf Base Model Price Drops by More Than $6,000 to $28,800
January 15, 2013 3:40 AM
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The drop in prices are mainly due to the fact that Nissan has moved Leaf production from Japan to Tennessee
just experienced a dramatic price drop, making it the cheapest five-seater electric vehicle (EV) in the U.S. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the price of the base model 2013 Leaf has been cut by $6,400. Last year’s base model went for $35,200, and now, the 2013 Leaf S will sell for $28,800 to start before a $7,500 federal tax credit (and any applicable state credit/rebate) is applied.
A couple of other Leaf models have seen a price cut as well. The Leaf SV will drop from last year’s price of $35,200 to $31,820 this year. The Leaf SL is also going from $37,250 last year to $34,840 this year.
“With nearly 50,000 Leafs on the road globally, we are the leaders in zero emissions vehicles and our class-leading product just got better,” said Billy Hayes, Global vice president of Leaf sales for Nissan. “From the very outset, Nissan has continuously advanced and refined the affordable zero emissions vehicle ownership experience. Now customers won’t have to pay a premium for owning a green car that’s really fun to drive, and that’s exciting.”
2013 Nissan Leaf
The drop in prices is mainly due to the fact that Nissan has moved Leaf production from Japan to Tennessee. It also has its lithium-ion batteries and motors manufactured there. Nissan announced that it began Leaf production at a new plant in Smyrna, Tennessee last Thursday. It will build the Leaf and gasoline vehicles in this plant, while building batteries at a separate plant next door. The plant is the result of a 2010 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) loan for $1.4 billion. According to the DOE, Nissan can build up to 150,000 Leafs and 200,000 batteries annually at the Tennessee plants
Nissan’s Leaf had a rough time last year as far as sales and performance goes. In July 2012, Leaf owners in Arizona complained that their
EVs were losing significant battery capacity
in the desert’s high heat. Nissan
responded by basically saying that this was normal
and promised more open communication with owners of the Leaf EV.
Later, Nissan had to admit that it
wasn’t going to hit its sales mark for 2012
, which was 20,000 Leafs. Nissan only sold 9,819 Leafs for the whole year -- less than half of its goal, and only 1.5 percent higher than the number it sold in 2011.
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RE: Should be a sensible purchase for many more people now
1/16/2013 9:08:05 AM
Go scroll up and READ you illiterate. I said, "You'll be hard pressed to beat that in a comparably performing gas vehicle". I didn't say find ANY box on four wheels. There is nothing comparable about a Smart Fortwo or a base Versa. That you resorted to such barebones cars proves me precisely right, as you are so
to find a gas competitor that you have to resort to finding cars lacking features that virtually every new car buyer demands.
The $220/mo leases are for the 2012 Leaf, which had a starting MSRP of $35200. This one starts at $28,800. Post-tax rebate, that's a 23% price cut. 23% off of $220 is $169, so my $200/mo estimate is
conservative for this new model. So no, you don't get any wiggle room.
You didn't prove jack.
A base Rio is more economical than a well equipped Corolla. A Smart ForTwo is more economical than a Rio. A motorbike is more economical than a ForTwo. A moped is more economical than a motorbike. What did I prove in this paragraph? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
Compare apples to apples, or GTFO.
you don't need more than 70 miles of daily range, then you compare your options by all other features and price.
You pointed out one option for the <6% of buyers that don't want power windows/locks. You pointed out another option for the <1% that only want two seats.
You still haven't given an option for 93% of new car buyers.
That's not pickiness. That's calling you out on your lame suggestions.
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