The Nissan Leaf is more Europeanized in 2013 May 31, 2012 at 4:06 am
I recently have plans of Nissan and its factory in Sunderland (United Kingdom) for the coming years. Among its projects, is produce Nissan Leaf for the European market, rather than importing it from Japan. Because we have new details, and the car will not be equal to as we know it.
Let’s be honest, the car of the year 2011 has received harsh criticism, for example, by bland, anodino, even expensive and impractical. Part of its high price has to do with the production in Oppama (Japan), where the yen is a strong currency and is greatly appreciated. This means problems for an exporting country as Japan.
The Leaf is manufactured with some changes, with retouching aesthetic to adapt more to the European taste, and claim to be more economical. Manufacturing costs would be reduced to the third party (the price has no why down this proportion) and also reduce delivery times several weeks.
Except for the electric motor, which will be coming from Japan, everything else will be built in Sunderland, including batteries in a complex which is already operational, annex to the factory. How to deliver the power will also be revised to be more staggered.
The price of the next version (call it temporarily Leaf 2013) has not been decided yet. Currently in Spain, telling the Government subsidies, it costs 29.950 euros. Removing the aid and taxes, costs about 30,500 euros, if reduced to the third part, we can estimate that it would be over 20,000 euros, not by below.
Only with that down to 24,000 euros, including aid for electric cars, would be quite attractive: to know how much gasoline next year. In 2013 the Leaf is manufactured at Oppama, Sunderland and Smyrna (Tennessee, USA), with a production capacity of 250,000 units annually.