2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

Sales/orders of the new Nissan LEAF in under 2 months and in limited markets have already exceeded the amount of sales in 12 months of the first-gen LEAF when it went on sale back in 2010.

2018 Nissan LEAF

2018 Nissan LEAF

Nissan Europe EV Director Gareth Dunsmore says he's thrilled by the level of interest in the new 2018 LEAF. According to Dunsmore, some 3,500 new LEAFs have been sold in Europe, despite only being available there since early September.

Even more impressive perhaps is the total figure, which Dunsmore says stands at 9,000 strong in terms of new LEAF orders (not all delivered yet) in Europe and Japan combined.

Dunsmore says that new LEAF orders have far exceed the automaker's expectations, though he didn't provide a figure for comparison between actual versus expectations.

Norway was the first European country to get the new LEAF. Ordering there opened up in early September. More recent, on October 2, order books opened in Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands. Speaking just of Norway, Dunsmore stated:

“They have been our first customers and our most loyal customers and we wanted to give something back to the people who trusted us from Day One back in 2010 and 2011."

"...more than 2,000 existing and new customers in Norway already have purchased the LEAF."

Asako Hoshino, Nissan's senior vice president and head of Japan operations, confirmed these higher-than-expected order figures for the new LEAF at the Tokyo Motor Show just yesterday.

As for the new LEAF''s launch in the U.S. (full details/watch live launch here), it will start to arrive in late December/January, bringing with it a refreshed (and less polarizing) look, and ~150 miles of real-world/EPA range – up 40%…for about $700 less.

Source: Automotive News Europe