For 2011, Nissan sold just under 3,000 LEAFs throughout Europe, and having passed that at just about the mid-point of 2012, the company says they will eclipse 9,000 total units sold by year's end.

And all of that has been done with the brakes on.

With the Sunderland UK production facility coming online in under a year, production capacity will expand greatly for the Eurozone,  and as a result sales are projected to "significantly"  increase again for 2013.   In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Paul Willcox, (Nissan Europe's sales and marketing chief) said:

"This year in Europe we're looking to sell around 9,000, up from around 3,000 last year.  As we localize and bring Leaf to production in Sunderland, we'll then start ramping up supply," Willcox said. "From next year we'll start seeing more product."

Indeed, by February of next year, the Sunderland plant will be capable of producing up to 60,000 LEAFs per season, provided demand is present.  These 2013 Euro-LEAFs will also see the first styling updates and tweaks in the car's brief history.  (HuZZah for new interior colors...I really dislike biege)

With the easing of European production demand by Sunderland, and along with a strong commitment from Nissan to bring supply to the US for the start of the 2013 model year,  sales of the LEAF are expected to explode in a few months time, as was also confirmed by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn recently, "...you can expect to see the sales move up dramatically starting in September"
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Source: Automotive News Europe Photo Credit: Autobild.de