Nissan LEAF U.S. Output Will Double in 2012
Although we only currently have two of the Nissan LEAF electronic vehicles here at New City Nissan, that could be changing in the near future. Nissan has announced that it will double its LEAF production two-fold in the 2012 year.
In 2011, Nissan produced 9,700 LEAFs and was sold in only seven states. This year, it will be available in many more. A recent study showed around one million American citizens would consider purchasing an all-electric car, and this move will capitalize on those findings. The LEAFs' batteries will be built in Smyrna, Tennessee, in as many as 200k units a year, which will shorten the time consumers have to wait if demand for the vehicle is, in fact, as high as expected. This U.S. production will also aid in the problem Japanese automakers and manufacturers are facing in terms of the high value of the Japanese yen, which makes exporting from the country difficult and expensive.
Boosting LEAF sales is important for Nissan, due to the fact that the company is vying for ten percent of market share in the U.S. next year. (It received 8.2 percent in 2011). As impressive as the new 2012 Nissan models are, however, we're sure the company won't have any trouble reaching its goal.
Are you interested in test driving the Nissan LEAF or other amazing 2012 Nissan vehicles? Feel free to stop by New City Nissan, located at 2295 North King St. Honolulu, HI 96819 and try them out!