In Anticipation Of New Pricing On 2013 LEAFs Nissan Offers Up To $5,500 Off 2012s

DEC 6 2012 BY JAY COLE 32

$5,500 Off 2012 Nissan LEAFs Should Be More Than Enough Incentive To Clear Room For New 2013s

New, Cheaper 2013 LEAF S Model Production Begins This Month In Smyrna, TN (Note: 16" wheel caps and normal headlamps)

Very soon Nissan will announce 2013 LEAF pricing on North American produced electric cars.  Which means very soon you can get a longer range LEAF, for less money, as the S Model (not Model S) will be offered for sale starting in the first quarter of 2013.

And with new features, option and pricing across the entire LEAF lineup (SL, SV, S) the 2012s really have to get out of the dealerships.

To usher in this new era of more affordable EVs, Nissan is putting up to $5,500 worth of dealer rebates on the table to move product, making next month’s (and next year’s) race for top selling plug-in vehicle even more interesting.

Nissan Is Offering Up To $5,500 Off 2012 Model LEAFs

Interestingly, $5,500 off the SV LEAF model brings the price before $7,500 rebate down to $29,700 (MSRP $35,200) and to a level just under $30,000 where many suggest is around the area where the new 2013 S Model LEAF will be priced.  After the current rebate offer, the top of the line SL would start at $31,750.

Revised 2013 SV Trim Level LEAF With New 17" Rims

Also of interest to our friends north of the border, Canadian dealerships have been advised this week that they have a $5,000 rebate program to clear out 2012 inventory.

Dealerships can now order 2013 inventory for their stores, although entry-level S models are in tight supply (and not yet priced), so 1 per dealer for now.  Nissan’s Smyrna, TN is expected to start shipping US-made 2013 cars to dealers around the 1st of February.

(thanks to Sean @ Nissan for some data)

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32 Comments on "In Anticipation Of New Pricing On 2013 LEAFs Nissan Offers Up To $5,500 Off 2012s"

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Great news. As GM learned there’s nothing like a hefty dealer discount to bring in the buyers.

So way to go Nissan. Carlos is serious about selling this car.

seems like you speculated on the S price as about 10% lower so that puts the S at 27K$ after rebates….

Getting there.


I really do think the sub-$30k number is the sweet spot for now, this should help move some inventory. I hope the Volt can also soon be sub-$30k, crossing my fingers for the 2014 base model. ($28,995 would be a particularly sweet number after credits)


Let’s not mix numbers here. To be clear, the Leaf was sub-$30k before this discount (but after the tax credits). It always has been.


My mistake, I did mix in a couple numbers there. I was keying in off of this statement, “Interestingly, $5,500 off the SV LEAF model brings the price before $7,500 rebate down to $29,700” but then switched to speaking of Volt’s price “after credits”


When will the Gen 2.0 be out? I think Nissan needs to make the Leaf a little “sleeker” looking. I believe the # 1 complaint from potential customers is the looks. “Affordable” doesn’t have to mean “fugly”.


Sadly, I don’t know if the 2.0 is going to look much “sleeker”. Nissan seems to think that people want ugly cars – it’s certainly not limited to the Leaf. The Cube is one of the ugliest cars I’ve ever seen, and the Juke is fighting hard for that title too. It’s amusing to me, because the GT-R is one of the most beautiful cars on the road. And the Altima is one of the nicest looking family sedans. It’s as if Nissan’s design department is bipolar.


Yeah, I was thinking of a Nissan 370Z- EV. If products like that existed for $29K, I think they would sell more than the catfish car. Now I understand you need a station wagon version for the Lyle Dennis’s out there, but why not something like a Dodge Magnum? Sure, make it a bit more aerodynamic, but don’t cut its balls off.


In other words, you want something like the ESFlow concept:

So do I 🙂


Very cool, but I think I would like an EV version of the Chevy Tru 140S. (at least could more easily afford it, if they stuck to the concept’s goals)


Dave R
I think Nissan is calling the 2013 LEAF “Gen 2” even though it’s really more like “Gen 1.5” given that it looks identical from the exterior. Pretty much everything in the guts of the car have been optimized – the entire drivetrain has changes to reduce weight and cost. Pretty much the only thing left unchanged is the body and interior. Even though the LEAF doesn’t look sleek, it is actually basically the sleekest hatchback on the market. I still think they could make it sleeker with these changes: 1. Lower seats and roofline – the LEAF is quite tall. This should be possible without compromising headroom. 2. Aerodynamic wheels – open-spoke design increases turbulence. 3. Closing up the fender gap around the wheels which is very large (compare the LEAFs fender gap to a BMW, for example – lots of room to reduce the gap which should reduce turbulence. 4. Cleaner rear end, primarily the rear fenders – a cleaner edge there (reduce the appearance of the rear “haunches”) and a longer, more functional spoiler will all help. I think they could easily decrease the Cd down to the 0.26 range from 0.29 using those changes which could add… Read more »

Lower seats and roofline : I don’t think they can do that – since the batteries sit below the seats.


“I believe the # 1 complaint from potential customers is the looks”

And that belief is based on … ?


How soon is very soon ? This week / month ?

I’m hoping to turn in my Leaf early and get a MY13 and possibly reduce my current $350 a month lease payment.


What penalty do you pay for turning it in early.?

Seems like my Volt lease contract says I are liable for all the full term payments……meaning my option is only to try to get someone to take overpayments (with the lease companies OK)

Jay, EV any of you lease experts know…..maybe if it’s the same lease company they will cut you a deal.


can you give back a Leaf early (before lease ends?) to get the new one ? is it an expensive proposition ? any idea ? my monthly lease is a hefty monthly $ 450 …Thanks


There is one kink in this plan. Dealerships simply do not have much of an inventory to sell. It seems if they are lucky they have one in the show room, one demo driven home every night by their Leaf specialist, and maybe one for sale if it can be found anywhere on the lot, maybe all the way in the back behind the trash containers, bushes, and mud puddles next to the car with three flat tires that has been sitting there for years and has wild life inhabitants of the reptilian kind.

The other kink is that over 90% of these cars are apparently leased. At the current $199/month with $3k out of pocket for 3 years /36k miles the Leaf is not exactly what you can call expensive. One saves over $200 a month on gas, this car is practically free 🙂


If you could get people to realize what you said in the last paragraph about the car and about any other plugin lease like the volt’s bmaking them pracitcally free taking out the price of gas then there would be a lot more evs getting sold


“Dealerships simply do not have much of an inventory to sell.”

Well, my nearest dealer has over 100 Leafs.

Shawn Marshall

Price is getting there. Now if we can only get some range.
A nice article Statik – thanks.