New Nissan LEAF Makes Chinese Auto Show Debut, But When Will It Arrive Locally?
Nissan is present at the 15th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition with its next generation LEAF, but yet still remains quiet about its sales intention for the 150 mile (EPA) EV.
As the new LEAF is to become even more broadly available than the prior generation, we assume that China will get the new LEAF in the near term as well. It’s appearance in Guangzhou only strengthens that belief.
The first generation LEAF was/is sold as the Venucia e30, the local brand of Dongfeng Venucia Motor Co. within Nissan’s joint venture in China.
There is no word if that model we be continuing into the 2nd generation at this point either…the China-based production facility may yet continue to produce the 1st generation model for an extended time.
In 2017, Nissan expect to sell 1.5 million cars in China using its joint venture.
“Following its recent world premiere in Japan, the new Nissan LEAF makes its debut in China as the new standard in the growing market for mainstream electric cars. With greater range, advanced technologies and a dynamic new design, the LEAF offers customers more driving excitement, connectivity and performance.
The new LEAF comes with Nissan’s ProPILOT autonomous driving technology, ProPILOT Park and e-Pedal. The car is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s approach to changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society.”
Currently, Nissan is busy with production of the new LEAF in Japan for Japanese market (especially after general production break due car inspection issues) with more than 3,600 units delivered in the first month, with another ~15,000 or so soon to be delivered.