Even though the official March sales numbers are not released until Monday, it looks like Nissan could not help but let the good news out of the bag at the New York Auto Show today.
Nissan LEAF sales are back on track. In a big way.
For the first two months of this year, with 2012 inventory of the LEAF running out, and while still waiting on US-made 2013 model year LEAF production to start shipping from Smyrna, TN, Nissan only managed to sell 1,303 electric cars for both January and February combined (Jan-650, Feb-653).
Now, with 2013 LEAFs filling inventories across the country (although the company says it will still take until the end of April to fully re-stock), Nissan’s José Muñoz, who is Senior VP of sales and marketing, says that “over 1,900” LEAFs will be sold by month’s end.
Amazing what simply lowering the entry level price by a mere $6,400 can do for sales. The 2013 Nissan LEAF now starts at $28,800, with nationally advertised leases starting at $199/month.
While the exact final number of LEAFs sold won’t be know until next week, anything more than 1,700 units sold would represent Nissan’s best effort in the US to date. Since the EV’s debut, Nissan has sold 57,000 LEAFs worldwide.