Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan Up 17% in 2013

11 months ago by Mark Kane 5

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan

2014 Nissan LEAF is (for the most part) Unchanged In Both Pricing And Features

Nissan LEAF

Nissan again improved its LEAF sales result in Japan.

In 2013, 13,021 LEAFs were sold in Japan, which is a new record.  13,021 is a full 17% more than the 11,115 LEAFs sold in Japan in 2012.

December 2013 sales results for the LEAF in Japan was 1,235 units sold. marking the fourth month in a row with above 1,200 LEAFs sold.

This 1,200 unit figure is solidly above the 1,085 average level for LEAF sales in Japan for 2013

Perhaps we will see over 15,000 LEAFs sold in Japan in 2014?

Since its debut, LEAF sales have reached 34,465 cumulatively in Japan.  Only the US, with 42,122 LEAF sold is ahead of Japan.  But that’s an unfair comparison given the size and population of the US.

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5 responses to "Nissan LEAF Sales In Japan Up 17% in 2013"

  1. Mr. M says:

    next year 15k seems good :) another 15% increase.

  2. Ocean Railroader says:

    I think if there was some type of doubling of electric car range from 80 to 150 miles on a charge it should trigger a 50% raise in cars sold.

  3. wewa says:

    I am disappointed with my 2012 LEAF.
    Battery problems, A/C compressor problems, poor cargo space, bad dealers.
    My first Nissan, my LAST Nissan.

    1. Broan Keez says:

      Waht did your battery do or not do? Afer 55,000 miles on my 2011 LEAF (almost the exact same car as yours) the car has been extremely reliable. How many miles do you have?

  4. Coffee says:

    Not sure how many of you read Japanese, but here’s an interesting tidbit from Nikkei.

    I think InsideEV should do an article on this.

    http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNASDD1405I_U3A210C1000000/

    Google translate does sorta okay job of translating this, except EV charging “stations” translates as “groups” for some reasons. At any rate, the government budgeted 1000,0000,0000 yen – 976 million USD at today’s rate – for EV (Chademo) infrastructure and financial aid for EV purchases. They goal is to up the count of Chademo stations from “only” 1,400 now to 35,700. Since the number is very specific, it appears they’ve at least done preliminary studies on those sites.

    The hope is that 35k quick charging stations along with range improvement in the next Leaf will make the it as practical as gas cars. Nissan guy is quoted saying “This may be out last chance”, meaning that public support for pure BEV will falter if this investment doesn’t bring the results.

    The budget being discussed here is what amounts to federal budget of the US, and I believe this is not a hoax now that it’s on Nikkei…sort of WSJ of Japan. So I know this money will be spent over next couple calendar years. But how effectively? No one knows.