At the start of this fiscal year for Nissan, the company said that it would sell 20,000 LEAFs in the United States, and lets just say the first few months have not been stellar.
Last month the company improved to 510 units sold, up from a paltry 370 in April. Nissan, and the CEO Carlos Ghosn himself, had assured the public it was not because the car was not in demand, but because all of worldwide production came from one factory in Oppama, Japan.
Now, Bill Krueger, who is the vice chairman of Nissan North America has confirmed not only the start of production in Smyrna, TN in six months time (December), but that sales will more than double last year, and Nissan will still achieve the 20,000 units sold in the US before year's end (which for Nissan is March 31st). That is a lot of LEAFs to move off dealer lots to close out the year.
"We've had to fulfill demand from one plant globally," Krueger said. "Once we localize it in December, the second half of the fiscal year is when we'll see most of the supply, demand be available."
The statement was made Sunday in Los Cabos, Mexico, while visiting the B-20 business summit, and follows the CEO's statement earlier this year that the first relief for Nissan on US supply of the LEAF will be noticed in September's sales, "you can expect to see the sales move up dramatically starting in September."