Nissan LEAF Hit Rock Bottom In Japan As Eyes Turn To 2016 LEAF
Most consumers in Japan expect that the 2016 Nissan LEAF is a groundbreaking step forward compared to the 2015 – otherwise how we could explain the low sales result for November?
Nissan sold in Japan just 76 LEAFs. That’s the worst result. Ever.
Even the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami didn’t cause such a sales drop in April 2011 (177), nor the sales tax raise in April (first month of new fiscal year).
In November 2015 sales fell by record high 92% year-over-year to 76
The fact that the 30 kWh version is incoming, is seemingly not lost on any Japanese consumers as the higher trim levels of the LEAF are almost exclusively sought. The 2016 version also includes emergency brake system and lane departure warning (only in Japan).
The 2016 edition did indeed arrive in Japan in mid-December, however we are unsure how much inventory volume was actually filled in – we will have to wait for December’s results to be sure, but we are expecting some huge results for the ‘new’ LEAF very shortly as demand for the longer range car has been building up for several months now.