in Japan this month

in Japan this month

We assumed with only a few hundred copies remaining in stock of the original Nissan LEAF mid-month, that October sales would ultimately fall under the 4-digit mark for the first time in over 8 months (since January).  We were not mistaken.

But then again, it had to happen, as the new longer range (150 miles EPA) 2018 Nissan LEAF now arrives in the US in about 8 weeks time.

The original Nissan LEAF enters its 83 month on the US market- and looking well, kinda tired now

The original Nissan LEAF enters its 83 month on the US market- and looking well, kinda tired now

For October, Nissan sold 213 LEAFs, which was unable to compete with the 1,412 sold a year ago, and is the model's lowest result since February of 2012.

For the year 10,953 have now been delivered, which is somehow still up 3% from 2016 (when 10,650 were moved).

On other words, Nissan has had a bit of a 'whoopsie moment' (technical term) in its planning for the new LEAF, as the refreshed EV will miss out on the prime Fall selling season...and missed the opportunity to probably sell ~10,000 more units this year.

Instead, the 2018 LEAF will launch into the EV sales desert of Winter and inside a new calendar year when it arrives in January.  However, with that in mind, the demand for the 2018 LEAF in regions where orders have been opened, demand has been exceptionally high - so perhaps Nissan doesn't really care about the lost sales in Q4 2017 at this point.

In fact, Nissan has started deliveries of the 2018 LEAF in its domestic market; where we have already seen a couple test drives from Japan already, as well as some demonstrator model reviews from Europe (see here, here and here).

Nissan IMx Concept - giving us a window into the brands all-electric CUV planned by 2019

Nissan IMx Concept - giving us a window into the brands all-electric CUV planned by 2019

And while we expect the 2018 LEAF to sell exceptionally well next year, and the even longer range 2019 model year LEAF (with a ~60 kWh battery/225+ miles of range) to build on those sales next Fall, the EV will face some serious competition internally in 2019, as Nissan has promised both an all-electric long-range utility vehicle and an all-electric  long-range sedan.

The CUV was recently teased from the Tokyo Motor Show in the form of the IMx Concept (think the 2016 IDS Concept debut 2 years ago in Tokyo to the eventual 2018 LEAF).

The IMx boasts 373 miles/600 km of range...on the Japanese 'unobtainium' JC08 metric of course.  When translated into EPA-estimated miles, that number sinks to about 220 miles/355 km.  In other words, it has the 2019 LEAF's ~60 kWh battery inside.

Video (below):  Nissan IMx debut from the Tokyo Motor Show in October