Nissan News

  • Carlos Ghosn

    Carlos Ghosn is a busy man. In charge of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, his remit includes the diverse product lines of each company and most recently, each carmaker's electric vehicle range, too. Speaking to Leaf owners at a jamboree at Kansai University, Japan, Ghosn is still positive about each company's electric car prospects. Capturing enthusiasm Ghosn first talks about increasing sales. Early figures haven't quite matched the company's estimates, and poor exchange rates haven't helped matters. "We have a car that technically is fit. Quality is under control. We're working to reduce the...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    2013 Nissan Leaf Real-World Range: Is It Any Higher?

    it might not have been the number people were hoping for, but at 75 miles, an extra two miles of EPA range for the 2013 Nissan Leaf still represents an improvement. Even more so considering the EPA's electric car testing procedure for 2013 averages results from 100 percent and 80 percent charges...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf 'Facts' television ad, frame capture
    2013 Nissan Leaf TV Ad: Selling Electric-Car Fun, Finally!

    The 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car has some lofty sales goals associated with it--certainly higher than the 9,750 deliveries that Nissan averaged each year in 2011 and 2012. So it's encouraging to see a new television ad for the 2013 Leaf that actually highlights the fun and special features of...

  • John Duncan takes delivery of one of the first 2011 Nissan LEAF EVs, near Portland OR, 12/15/2010
    Nissan Leaf Electric Car Reports Own Battery-Cell Failure Via Carwings

    Wouldn't it be nice if your car could tell you not just that something was wrong, but that something might be about to go wrong? A Nissan Leaf in Washington state did just that, and owner Rob Greenlee only found out when he got a call from his local dealership asking him to bring it in for a...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Replaces Electric-Car Unit Executive To Boost Sales

    It's no secret that Nissan hasn't sold as many battery electric cars over the last two years as it had planned. The company just sold its 50,000th Nissan Leaf last month, but it had hoped to sell up to twice that number between the start of production in late 2010 and the end of last year. Now the...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Offers Leaf Owners $1,000 To Buy Other, Non-Electric Models Too

    Own a Nissan Leaf? Nissan wants to thank you for it. 2011 and 2012 Nissan Leaf owners, for their loyalty, will be eligible for $1,000 off any model in Nissan's lineup. The offer runs through December 31, 2014, so you've plenty of time to decide. Nissan's research shows most Leaf owners are new to...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf

    Almost two years ago, I took delivery of one of the very first 2011 Nissan Leafs to be imported into the United Kingdom. With its two-year anniversary approaching, and more than 32,000 miles on the clock, has our family's opinion of the Nissan Leaf changed? What has life with the car been like? And do we regret buying it? Just as we said last year, our 2011 Nissan Leaf has generally aged appropriately. But let's start at the beginning. In late March 2011, we drove our new family car 45 miles home from the dealership, plugged it in for the first time, and named the resplendent red car Hiro...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at the opening of Nismo’s new headquarters in Japan
    Will Nissan's 2014 Le Mans Race Entry Be A Full Electric Car?

    Every year, the organizers of the 24 Heures du Mans--the world's most famous and prestigious endurance race--set aside a special garage for a car that pushes technological boundaries. Garage 56, as it's known, has hosted some spectacular vehicles. This year will see a hydrogen vehicle occupy Garage...

  • 2013 Nissan Sentra, short test drive, Los Angeles, Feb 2013
    2013 Nissan Sentra Quick Highway Fuel-Economy Test Drive

    We hadn't driven a 2013 Nissan Sentra, the all-new compact sedan, until last week. And our drive was hardly representative, since we spent the bulk of it in the peculiar world of freeway traffic in Los Angeles. That means traffic moving at average speeds of anywhere from 60 to 85 mph, with...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    2013 Nissan Leaf: 75-Mile Range 'Anticipated' In New Test By EPA

    It's the last piece of information on the new and updated 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car that everyone's been waiting for: its range. The projected number, Nissan says, is 75 miles--but that shouldn't be compared to the 73-mile range of the 2011 and 2012 Leaf models. That's because the EPA changed...

  • Nissan Leaf sales pass the 50,000 mark
    Nissan Leaf: World's Most Popular Electric Car At 50,000 Delivered

    Nissan's Leaf electric car has become the highest-selling electric car of all time. The company has now sold more than 50,000 examples of the Leaf, sold across Japan, Europe and the U.S. Since the car went on sale in 2010, those 50,000 Leaf owners have racked up over 161 million miles. In reality...

  • Nissan Leaf presented to Japanese actor Isao Natsuyagi
    Nissan Leaf-Owning Actor: Electricity Good, Nuclear... Not So Much

    2011's earthquake and tsunami in Japan brought energy use into sharp focus. Such events frequently cause grids to fail, but it was the inundation and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear facility that garnered the most attention, and the disaster has turned the public strongly against...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC electric race car

    The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC race car may have only turned a wheel in anger once outside of demo runs, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. At a glance, you might think it shares very little with the electric car that shares its name. You may even expect there to be a gasoline engine screaming away beneath its dramatic body. In reality, it's heavily based on its production namesake, albeit lighter, leaner and meaner. It's symbolic, too. It shows traditional gearheads that electric cars don't have to be boring or slow, and it shows electric car fans that more exciting vehicles could be on...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf at Nissan U.S. Headquarters, Franklin, Tennessee
    2013 Nissan Leaf Gets New Energy-Efficient Bose Stereo: Chicago Auto Show

    Electric car owners coming out of winter will know just how much of a drain a car's accessories can put on their range. That makes energy-efficient accessories like the Bose Energy Efficient Series audio system available with the 2013 Nissan Leaf an easy option to understand. With no engine roar to...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    Will 2013 Nissan Leaf Price Cut Cause Sales To Soar?

    It happens every so often: a spate of media reports with gloom-and-doom headlines about what a dismal failure electric cars are. Take, for instance, this morning's in Reuters--"Electric Cars Head Toward Another Dead End"--or a weekend report in The Detroit News entitled "Electric Vehicle Sales...

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell
    Daimler, Ford, Nissan Agree To Share Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Costs For 2017 Or Later

    The speculation is over, as Daimler has signed a three-way agreement with Ford and the Renault-Nissan Alliance to jointly develop future hydrogen fuel-cell technology. The technology, expensive to develop and not without its drawbacks, has been explored by each company in the past, and the...

  • The Nissan Leaf Nismo concept
    Nissan Leaf Nismo Confirmed For Production, But Only In Japan

    Usable, practical and competent the Nissan Leaf may be, but few would describe it as an exciting vehicle. Perhaps NISMO, Nissan's Japanese tuning arm and creator of hot versions of the firm's many performance cars, will change that when a tweaked version begins production in the summer. Sadly, U.S...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    2013 Nissan Leaf Prices To Start At $28,800 For Electric Car

    We know the specifications and details of the 2013 Nissan Leaf, which has now gone into production in Smyrna, Tennessee. But the missing piece of information has always been: What will the battery electric car cost now that it's built in North America? During an electric vehicle roundtable today at...

  • 2014 Nissan Versa Note

    At the Detroit Auto Show—a day prior to a press conference revealing full details—Nissan took the wraps off the new-generation version of its low-cost Versa Hatchback. From the outside, which is all we’ve been able to see thus far, the Versa Note looks essentially the same as the international-market Note that’s already on sale elsewhere in the world—albeit with somewhat different front-end details and some additional chrome detailing. The new U.S.-spec Versa Note we see here keeps what Nissan calls a “squash line” alongside the door, helping to...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    How Bad Were The Nissan And GM Electric-Car Sales Shortfalls?

    If 2011 was the year of overoptimism for electric-car sales, and 2012 was Sophomore Slump after the inevitable shortfall, will 2013 be the year of realism? That really depends on what the world's leading electric-car maker, Nissan, sells this year. Let's recap. Several years ago, Nissan said that...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf
    2013 Nissan Leaf: Longer Range, Faster Charging, Leather Seats, And More: All The Upgrades

    In its third year on the market, the updated 2013 Nissan Leaf will have a slightly longer range, a new and lower-priced base model, faster charging, and a more efficient cabin heater. The battery electric car goes into production at Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, this week. While the...

  • Nissan stand at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Nissan's Detroit Show Stand Is Green--Down To The Smell

    It's said that some supermarkets pump the smell of baking bread around the store, enticing people into buying their products. Does a similar tactic work with cars? Nissan may be about to find out at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, as its stand will emit what Nissan hopes will be its "trademark smell"...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)
    Nissan Leaf Battery Capacity Loss: Covered By Warranty, Now

    Nissan is becoming the first manufacturer to offer limited warranty on battery capacity loss, when it implements a new warranty in Spring 2013. Announced via the MyNissanLeaf.com forums, Nissan executive vice president, Andy Palmer, has confirmed that Nissan is to offer an updated New Electric...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)
    Nissan Offers Almost $10K Cash Back On Leaf Electric Cars

    If you want a Nissan Leaf then getting one before the start of January could net you a hefty cashback offer right now. Some Nissan dealers are advertising a $9,775 cashback offer direct from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp (NMAC), Nissan's car finance arm. The offer has been running since the start of...