Industry analysts speculate that this development is motivated by many different factors. The most pressing consideration is that difficult diplomatic relations between China and Japan has impacted the demand for the Japanese automaker’s vehicles. Higher-ups may be worried that, if this alliance deteriorates further, Nissan's single largest market could be in jeopardy.
In the US, Nissan has sold more than 35,000 units of this innovative five-door. But with other manufacturers recognizing the importance of expanding into the alternative fuel market, Nissan is attempting to define the technology curve and make other producers keep pace.
The 2012 Nissan Leaf comes in two trims: the SV and SL models. Featuring an 80-kW motor that produces 107 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, it is linked to a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It has an EPA-estimated driving range of 73 miles. Its miles-per-gallon-
The SV model comes with features like full power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, a battery heater, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and heated exterior mirrors. Technology perks include an advanced trip computer that comes with a navigation system, Bluetooth, an iPod/USB audio interface for the sound system, which comes with satellite radio, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack. Eco-minded drivers will be pleased to know that the cloth upholstery is made of recycled materials.
Stepping up to the SL Leaf adds a rearview camera, a cargo cover, a spoiler-mounted solar panel, fog lamps, and automatic headlights. There's also a quick-charge port that can bring the battery up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes at public charging stations.
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