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December 9, 2010
2011 Nissan Leaf Base price: $32,780 (before tax credits and destination charge) Price, as tested: $33,720 Powertrain: 80-kilowatt AC synchronous electric motor; single-speed transmission with eco mode. Battery type: Laminated 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, 192 cells Horsepower: 107 Torque: 207 pound-feet Curb weight: 3,375 pounds Wheelbase: 106.3 inches Overall length: 175 inches EPA-rated range on a single charge: 73 miles EPA fuel economy: 106 city /92 highway mpg equivalent Final thoughts: Nissan defines revolutionary.
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AUTOS
February 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you. That's the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. Several key factors account for the expected increase in electric vehicles. “European emissions standards are tightening in the second half of this year,” Ben Scott, an analyst for IHS Automotive, said in a statement.
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AUTOS
November 20, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan is launching a less expensive Leaf electric vehicle in Japan that has a longer driving range than the current model. Analysts expect to see a similar move in the U.S. as the automaker tries to boost tepid sales of the car. The new version in Japan will cost about 11% less and have a 15% increase in range. Nissan noted that the new model is designed specifically for the Japanese market but has previously said it plans an upgrade of the U.S. version of the car as it gets ready to start building the Leaf and its battery pack at the Nissan factory complex in Smyrna, Tenn.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
As the automotive test director for Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher drives hundreds of cars a year and is known as one of the toughest critics in the auto industry. The Times took a cruise with Fisher at the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday and asked what he thinks are the most important new cars to make their debuts at the show. 1: The Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck. “It really looks impressive and it is nice to see an auto company taking smaller pickup trucks seriously,” Fisher said.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to sales of electric vehicles, Nissan's Leaf is charging ahead. Nissan Motor Co. has sold 4,134 of the battery-powered electric cars this year. General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet, by comparison, has sold 2,745 of its Volt car, which is technically a plug-in hybrid because it runs on electricity for about 40 miles before a gasoline-fueled generator kicks in to extend the vehicle's range. Fans of the pure electric vehicles, rather than plug-in hybrid models such as the Volt, should be pleased, said Mike Omotoso, an auto industry analyst at J.D. Power & Associates.
AUTOS
April 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the end, it was a very close call, but the less-expensive and longer-ranged 2013 Nissan Leaf edged out a best-ever field of competitors to win top honors on Kelley Blue Book's newest 10 best "green" cars list. "We went round and around on which car would be No. 1," Jack Nerad, KBB's executive editorial director and executive market analyst, said in an interview. "It was a very difficult choice," Nerad said of the decision to put the Leaf just ahead of the Tesla Model S sedan, which came in at No. 2. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 'green' cars for 2013 "We went with the Leaf because it was so much improved, with a lower price and better battery range," Nerad said.
AUTOS
July 3, 2013 | By Catherine Green, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
General Motors came out ahead of Nissan in the rechargable car race this month, an ongoing showdown driven by falling lease prices and piqued consumer interest in the alternative fuel market. While June auto sales looked promising across the board for the auto industry, figures in the electric car sector were especially encouraging for plug-in proponents. Nissan said it sold 2,225 of its Leaf electric cars, making June the second-highest month ever, up over 315% compared to the same month last year.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
No one loves lofty rhetoric and prosaic hyperbole more than car manufacturers. With a dollar for every time a mundane car was described as "exciting," "revolutionary" or "race-inspired," you could pull an Oprah and buy everyone on your block a Lamborghini. But after a week of driving ? and more importantly ? living with a Leaf SL, it's clear that this is what revolutionary looks like. Whether it is successful with consumers, however, remains to be seen. The Leaf is revolutionary because when it hits the road this winter, it will be the first mass-market all-electric car on the market and will start at $32,780 before tax credits.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Beginning as early as January, electric cars will be available at the nation's two largest auto rental companies. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, North America's largest car rental firm, unveiled plans last week to offer about 500 Nissan Leaf all-electric cars, initially at dealerships in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. The announcement came a few months after Hertz , the world's largest car rental company, said it planned to offer Nissan Leafs at a handful of locations in the U.S. and Europe, including New York, Washington and San Francisco, next year.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2011 | By Kenji Hall, Los Angeles Times
The world's first mass-marketed electric car, the Nissan Leaf, boasts all of the safety features of a gasoline-powered model: air bags, anti-lock brakes, an impact-absorbing frame. There's one high-tech extra: a synthesizer that emits noise to alert pedestrians to the vehicle's approach. But it's not just any noise. Nissan Motor Co. spent years developing the Leaf's unique sound, which some listeners have described as a gentler version of an airplane taking off or the approach of a spaceship in a sci-fi movie . When backing up, the car pings like a sonar . What's clear is that the Leaf, which is just rolling into U.S. showrooms, sounds nothing like conventional cars.
AUTOS
October 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Nissan Leaf is cruising at 35 mph when a pedestrian jumps into the roadway. But there's no one at the controls. Instead, radar, lasers and cameras recognize the pedestrian - actually a dummy shoved into the road by an engineer. Computers order the car to slam the brakes and swerve, avoiding a collision. The recent demonstration, at a former military base in Irvine, underscored just how far automakers have come in developing cars that drive themselves. Car companies including Nissan, General Motors and Mercedes have logged thousands of miles of successful tests, with an eye toward selling autonomous vehicles by 2020.
AUTOS
September 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Inch by inch, hybrids and electric cars are gaining ground in the U.S. auto market. Automakers sold 54,855 hybrids in August, reports Autodata Corp., a sales tracking firm. That is a 32% gain from the same month a year earlier and an industry record for any prior month. Sales of rechargeable cars, which include plug-in hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt and electric-only vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf, also set a record last month, climbing to 11,392, a 147% gain from the same period a year ago. Auto information company Edmunds.com says electric cars make up just 0.4% of the U.S. auto market now, but will grow to 1.5% by 2017.
AUTOS
July 3, 2013 | By Catherine Green, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
General Motors came out ahead of Nissan in the rechargable car race this month, an ongoing showdown driven by falling lease prices and piqued consumer interest in the alternative fuel market. While June auto sales looked promising across the board for the auto industry, figures in the electric car sector were especially encouraging for plug-in proponents. Nissan said it sold 2,225 of its Leaf electric cars, making June the second-highest month ever, up over 315% compared to the same month last year.
AUTOS
June 21, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Nissan Leaf drivers throughout the U.S. will be able to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion batteries through a program costing $100 a month, the automaker announced Thursday. Nissan's current policy guarantees it will fix or replace Leaf EV battery packs which fail to meet performance standards during the first five years of ownership or before 60,000 miles. Under the new program, starting early next year, drivers of the 2011, 2012 or 2013 models will be able to get a new battery installed in their vehicles.
AUTOS
June 1, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot, Los Angeles Times
What would it take to get you into an electric car today? Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts. Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a month. It threw in collision and vehicle theft coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance - even a charging station at your house.
AUTOS
April 26, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Tesla Motors reached an important milestone in the first quarter as its high-end electric Model S sedan outsold the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the electric Nissan Leaf. Tesla is expect to announce in its upcoming quarterly earnings report in May that it sold 4,750 of its Model S sedans, which start around $70,000. That would beat the Chevy Volt's first-quarter sales of 4,244, which was an 8% increase for the Volt compared with the same quarter in 2012, according to Autodata figures.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Consumers looking to purchase a new Nissan Leaf could find themselves saving some green this year. The 2013 Leaf will retail for $6,000 less than the previous model, the company announced Monday at the Detroit auto show. The S-series, Nissan's newest model in a line of battery-powered all-electric vehicles, will cost $28,800. In California, the $7,500 federal electric-vehicle tax credit and a $2,500 state rebate could drop the price as low as $18,800. The new models will go on sale in February.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Paul Scott thinks there's a way to improve Southern California traffic without putting a dime into roadwork: Teach people to become "eco-drivers. " It will improve traffic flow and help people slice their gasoline bills, he said. Scott is an electric-vehicle advocate with Plug In America, a Leaf salesman at Santa Monica Nissan and a self-described serious eco-driver. Among some of his more extreme techniques: drafting behind trucks to save gas or, if in an electric car, energy.
AUTOS
April 24, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Chevrolet says it has earned bragging rights as the car company with the most efficient electric vehicle. The automaker says that the 2014 Spark, which is set to go on sale this summer in California and Oregon, has an EPA estimated range of of 82 miles when fully charged and an estimated combined city/highway 119 mpge. Mpge stands for miles per gallon gasoline equivalent. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 'green' cars for 2013 Chevy said the subcompact car will save an average of $9,000 over the next five years, compared with other new vehicles.
AUTOS
April 19, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Nissan is recalling more than 19,000 of its Pathfinder and Infiniti JX sport utility vehicles because a faulty brake part could fail, making it difficult to stop and increasing the likelihood of a crash. The automaker said it had received no reports of crashes or injuries related to the problem. All of the vehicles in the recall are from the 2013 model year. PHOTOS: Kelley Blue Book's top 10 'green' cars for 2013 Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the problem comes from brake torque members that were improperly cast and can be structurally weak.
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