New Nissan LEAF Makes Chinese Auto Show Debut, But When Will It Arrive Locally?

3 days ago by Mark Kane 12

2018 Nissan LEAF

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.

2018 Nissan LEAF

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.

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12 responses to "New Nissan LEAF Makes Chinese Auto Show Debut, But When Will It Arrive Locally?"

  1. Benz says:

    VW is going to produce the VW e-Golf in China.

    BMW is going to produce the BMW i3 in China.

    Nissan must do the same.

    The Nissan Leaf is sold everywhere as the Nissan Leaf, and it will be sold in higher numbers in China if it will be sold as the Nissan Leaf instead of the Venucia e30.

    1. mx says:

      Ford and GM too.
      They’ve given away their EV leads to build and sell them in China, and Nowhere else.

      Gross Incompetence or OIl Bribes at the CEO Level?

      Anyway we’ve answered the question, free market or Educated Leadership, which is better? When it comes to taking Jobs from Stupid American’s China Wins. When it comes to installing stupid Presidents Russia Wins!

      1. mx says:

        And get this, in Ford’s contract, they’ve stipulated they are not allowed to Lobby the US government for Game Theory 101, that the US adopt China’s trade rules, which would break them.

        Did China ask for the clause or did Ford?

  2. Leafowner says:

    Recommend drivers not buy the Leaf because Nissan’s policy is unclear on their battery policies going forward. You may end up as the first gen buyers have with needing to buy a replacement battery that’s more expensive than the resell price of the car.
    If you must have a Leaf, I suggest you lease it and wear it out.

    1. Paul K says:

      Aw FUD. I have 26,000K on my 2016 Leaf and all capacity bars. I have a client with an older 24kwh Leaf and he still has all his. Not worried about battery issues at all.

      That being said, in 2020 I will likely buy a 60kwh Leaf because of range loss in the cold.
      The pictures of all those crushed EV1s awaiting the shredder will keep me out of GM’s camp for some time. That being said, I’m not wedded to Nissan if someone else comes up with a more competitive product.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Just one data point, but we have 76k on a 2015, ~95% capacity/12 bars. It’s pretty rare to see a LEAF losing more than expected after Nissan’s switch to the ‘lizard’ pack.

        …but with that in mind, those early LEAFs (2011-2013) were pretty terrible in extreme heat/duress situations, so Nissan has to live with the fall-out rep earned from their early mistake.

        It’s been a solid product and reliable for the past ~3+ years (IMO), but it’ll still take awhile longer to gain the full public trust back – and quite frankly, to those who owned a an early LEAF, they likely never will.

        1. Paul K says:

          Agree fully on this one. You never get a second chance to make a first impression as the saying goes and Nissan has really blown it in customer relations with those early Leafs.

          You know, PR and goodwill don’t show up on a balance sheet or income/expense statement but they are very real factors in how some will choose their next purchase.

          It would have been hard for EVs to steal me away from Saturns made in Springhill but GM killed them off. I haven’t been as happy with 3 other purchases until the 30kwh Leaf came along. I really like the car but Nissan’s treatment of the early adopters spooks me a bit which is why I say I’m not wedded to Nissan.

      2. Red Oscar says:

        I wish I could say the same. We leased our 2016 Leaf SV 11 months ago and just turned 7000 miles. We live in Kentucky and the Leaf mostly stays in a temperature controlled garage (50-75°F). The Leaf just lost its first capacity bar. I am not happy about this situation. I will certainly think twice about getting another Leaf when our lease is up in 2 years.

    2. TNT says:

      We don’t see many Leaf’s in Arizona. Too bad because I am a potential customer.

  3. Murrysville EV says:

    One of my local Nissan dealers says he’ll have two in stock in February.

    1. Mikael says:

      Where in China are you at?

  4. warren trout says:

    Not just in EVs, China is now leading the world. The US is a failing welfare state.

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