Nissan Leaf Sales Increased While 2018 Nissan Leaf is on the Horizon

Feb 22, 2017 02:07 PM EST | Joyce Vega

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The current Nissan Leaf accounts for 80 percent of the new cars that Christano is selling in his dealership. But will the new and improved 2018 Nissan Leaf surpass those numbers?

Auto News reported that Christano’s store sets an example to other dealerships about how to reach out to EV-friendly consumers. Christiano uses social media and sends sales consultants into the community to show people how an electric vehicle works.

Christano’s dealership has hired a dedicated EV specialist. He does EV outreach and educations. He also visits local schools and talks to the students about the vehicle and how technology works. His dealership also conducts ride-and-drives in which they take few Leafs to a local company parking lot and they let their employees drive them.

These kinds of public events help attract more customers to his dealership. Currently, Christiano is selling 200 to 300 new Nissan Leaf a year. If all Nissan’s U.S. dealers sold that many, the automaker would have to build a bigger Leaf factory. In Seattle, the Leaf is outselling the brand’s volume-leading car, the Altima. In the past few months, Leaf sales have risen by double in triple digits in Kansas, Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

With the Nissan Leaf sales going so well in some countries, Car And Driver has spotted a second-generation Leaf on the streets that might boost the sales even more. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to offer a choice of new battery packs and provide a driving range well over 200 miles in high-spec versions. On first glance, it seems that Nissan has also ditched the vertical taillamps, and opted for less controversial design.

The new structural changes of 2018 Nissan Leaf will allow a modular battery pack architecture to be used. The high-spec models are expected to be compatible with 15-kW fast charges. The electric motor will provide 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is expected to arrive in January 2018, with starting price around $30,000.

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