If there has ever been a month with less interest in the Nissan LEAF's current sales, we certainly are not aware of it.

Nissan has steadily released teasers of the new 2018 LEAF

Nissan has steadily released teasers of the new 2018 LEAF

With the debut of the new 2018 LEAF just days away, all eyes are on the future of the model, and away from the current generation.

Nonetheless, we have a job to do, and can report that the 1st generation LEAF continues to outperform sales expectations, selling 1,154 copies in August - up 8% over the 1,006 cars delivered a year ago.

Not only does August's sales make it 7 consecutive results into 4 digits, it gives the LEAF a perfect 8-for-8 record besting returns from a year ago.  For the year, 9,685 LEAFs have been sold, good for a gain of 22% over the 7,922 moved through the first 8 months of 2016.

As for the new LEAF, it is expected to arrive in a 40 kWh trim from $29,990 in the US (thanks to some leaked info - full details here), good for about 150 miles of EPA/real-world driving, and also a longer range option that kicks the range up into the 200s.

Where will sales go with the new LEAF?  Other than just confidently stating they will increase (how could they not?), it is hard to peg the US consumer right now.  With the 2018 Nissan ultimately find a home selling about ~2,000 a month?  3,000? 5,000?  It is anyone's guess.  We will have a better idea for sure when the full specs are released next week.

2018 Nissan LEAF Interior spied (InsideEVs/Automedia)

2018 Nissan LEAF Interior spied (InsideEVs/Automedia)

The 2018 MY LEAF debuts at a special event in Tokyo, Japan on September 5th, 2017 (as always with any major debut, we will live-stream the event here then).

The US debut will happen the next day - September 6th, 2017 in Detroit (details here); while US customers can check out the longer range LEAF in person during "National Drive Electric Week" special events from September 9th (details).

2018 Nissan Leak spotted at Oppama Plant

2018 Nissan Leak spotted at Oppama Plant

Here are the dates to check out the 2018 Nissan LEAF live:

Sept. 9

  • Seattle, Washington | Denny Park | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • San Diego, California | Qualcomm Stadium | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Alpharetta, Georgia | Avalon | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sept. 14
  • Bridgewater, New Jersey | Bridgewater Municipal Building Car Park | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sept. 16
  • Portland, Oregon | Washington Square | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Los Angeles, California | Los Angeles State Historic Park | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cupertino, California | DeAnza College | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.