Nissan has finally closed the books on the 2016 selling season for the Nissan LEAF, and although December ended with a bit of a bang...it was pretty underwhelming overall.

Quite honestly, we spent the majority of the year 'looking ahead' to what was next for Nissan's plug-in offerings.  Thankfully with 2017 now here, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is now in America for the first of two appearances over the next week.  On Wednesday, Ghosn appears at CES for a keynote focusing on autonomy and technology advancements, and also next Monday (January 9th, 2017) for the 'big show' in Detroit - NAIAS.

But there still is the business of December sales...and for the month, Nissan sold 1,899 LEAFs, good for a 41% increase over a year ago's result of 1,347.

December represented the base month of the year, eclipsing the former high set just last month when 1,457 were sold.

For the year, a total of 14,006 LEAFs were sold, off some 19% from the 17,269 moved in 2015, and well off the all-time high set in 2014 when 30,200 were sold.

With the arrival of the 238-mile Bolt EV this month, we expect LEAF sales to pull back some until Nissan can bring its worthy competitor to market later this year.