Entering February, Nissan was down to only about 350 2012 LEAFs to sell, but thanks to new 2013 inventory slowing trickling out of the 75 mile EV's Smyrna Tennessee plant, Nissan managed to salvage the back-end of the month and still sell 653 LEAFs in February (earlier reported as over 500 units as a preliminary number).
(UPDATED: March 1st, 2013 @ 12:02 PM with exact figures...Nissan previously had estimated about 500 LEAFs were sold in February)
Workers In Nissan's Smyrna Assembly Facility Can't Build The 2013 S Model LEAF Fast Enough For Anxious Dealers
Nissan representative Travis Parman, says that all but about 30 of the outgoing 2012 LEAFs have now been sold, meaning as many as 435-odd 2013 LEAFs not only made it to dealerships just under the wire, but into customer's hands as well. An estimate confirmed by Mr. Parman, saying the sales mix was "60/40."
Nissan also notes that, "The pipeline is filling with ‘13s now—the bulk of which are being transported by rail to the West Coast—our largest market for LEAF, which also has the longest transit time."
It is encouraging to see that the US-made LEAF assembly line has seemingly made a uneventful transition into making production EVs for North America, although Nissan does note it will take a few more weeks until the can match the dealer-level demand for the car. Once that happens, Nissan "sees LEAF sales rebounding as supply comes on line."
"We will start to see dealer inventories ramping back up toward the end of March and April."
Currently, Nissan registers about 300 2013 LEAFs in their national inventory.
2013 Nissan LEAF Gallery: (double click to enlarge)