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First Drive: 2018 Nissan Leaf

Second-gen model gets horsepower and range upgrades.

by on Sep.07, 2017

The second-generation Nissan Leaf offers more horsepower and nearly double the range of its predecessor.

Most anyone who has driven a modern electric car acknowledges that they are fun to drive with solid ride and handling and the kind of pickup from a standing start that can match a good old-fashioned muscle car.

With the introduction of the second generation all-electric Leaf, perhaps the most successful and popular electric vehicle on the market in the past decade, Nissan is doubling down on the fun-to-drive component of EVs, even as it extends its range and adds new technology into the car, while maintaining what it describes as an affordable price, which starts at $29,990 before adding in the $885 destination charge.

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At its heart, the 2018 Leaf’s electric powertrain has been upgraded. The new Leaf carries a 40-kilowatt battery with a range 150 mileswhich translates into a 40% improvement over the previous generation vehicle and opens the door to longer commutes and reducing driver anxiety. The new e-powertrain is rated at 147 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque, providing improved acceleration and seat-of-the-pants driving enjoyment. (more…)

Nissan Expects 2018 Leaf to Turnover New Buyers

Maker plans to play up Leaf's performance, not its green impact.

by on Sep.06, 2017

Nissan's 2018 Leaf EV is expected to see a bump in sales as interest in electric vehicles is on the rise.

(This story has been updated to reflect the coming addition of an optional, longer-range battery and higher-performance powertrain for the Leaf.)

The rising interest in electric vehicles as well as well as the availability of competitive models will ultimately help Nissan sell EVs in the U.S. once the 2018 Leaf goes on sale across the country early next month, company officials predicted as they took the wraps off the Leaf during an event in Las Vegas.

Brian Mangano, director of EV marketing and sales strategy, noted during an interview that there is greater awareness of electric vehicles now than there was back in 2010 when the first-generation Leaf made its debut. “It’s the awareness that comes with more entrants into the market. It validates EVs as a viable mobility option. Those things help us along,” he said.

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“Plus, we’ve just learned a lot. We’ve expanded into new markets. We’ve been available in all 50 states for a long time, but we’ve expanded our marketing efforts in places like Vermont,” said Mangano, who noted the since its launch in 2010, Leaf has been the most affordable mass production EV in the world. (more…)

Nissan Rolls the Design Dice with 2018 Leaf

Conservative-looking EV expected to hit dealers early next year.

by on Sep.05, 2017

Nissan took a gamble with a conservative design for its second-generation Leaf, which debuted in Las Vegas.

For much of the motoring public, electric vehicles remain something of an exotic technology that carmakers are doubling down on EVs as the automotive landscape continues to change. Nissan and its ally, Renault, are moving to remain the leader in battery-electric vehicles.

José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and chairman, Nissan North America Inc., said Nissan’s objective is to remain the global leader in electric vehicle sales as he unveiled the second-generation of the Nissan Leaf at an event in Las Vegas.

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The Las Vegas debut immediately followed the Leaf’s global launch in Tokyo, Japan. The next-generation Leaf goes on sale at Nissan dealers in all 50 states in early 2018, Munoz said. (more…)

Leaked Pics Show More Conservative Nissan Leaf

Gen-2 battery-car set for September debut.

by on Aug.07, 2017

A reader of Broom, a Norwegian magazine, caught the new Leaf being filmed in Spain.

With little more than a month to go before Nissan pulls the covers off its second-generation Leaf, what appear to be pictures of the battery-electric vehicle being shot for a promotional video have leaked out onto the web.

The Japanese automaker has already dropped some hints about the update, revealing that it will be the first of its products to get the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist technology, as well as the drive-by-wire e-Pedal system which will effectively allow a motorist to use the throttle pedal to both accelerate and stop.

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But the newly leaked images, on top of a company-released shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf headlamps, indicate the new model will be far less quirky and distinctive than the original battery-electric vehicle. If anything, it will now look a lot more like the European subcompact, the Nissan Micra.

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First Drive: Nissan ProPilot Assist

Not quite autonomous, new system to debut on next-gen Nissan Leaf

by on Jul.21, 2017

A Nissan Rogue outfitted with ProPilot Assist. But the first production model will be the '18 Leaf.

Like parents helping their child learn to walk, automakers are trying to teach their cars how to drive on their own. And Nissan will take a big step closer to that goal later this year when an all-new version of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle comes to market.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will see its range roughly doubled, the automaker signaling it will be able to deliver around 200 miles per charge. It also will feature a number of new technologies, including the e-Pedal system announced earlier this week, as well as something it has dubbed ProPilot Assist.

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Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has promised that the company will have its first fully autonomous car on the market by around 2020. But before then, Nissan plans to roll out a series of increasingly sophisticated, semi-autonomous driver assistance systems. ProPilot Assist is the latest. And we jumped at the chance to spend some time checking it out.

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All-New Nissan Leaf to Add e-Pedal Technology

System will allow one-foot driving under most conditions.

by on Jul.19, 2017

Nissan plans some major changes when it launches the next-gen Leaf in September.

When Nissan launches an all-new version of its Leaf battery-electric vehicle later this year it is planning to do more than just double its range. You can expect to see the new model add a range of new technologies, as well.

That includes both the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist, as well as e-Pedal, a new system that essentially transforms the throttle into a multifunction control that can be used to accelerate, slow and even come to a complete stop.

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“Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting,” Nissan said in a statement released Wednesday. “In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.”

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Nissan Offers Tease of All-New 2018 LEAF EV.

“Big step up" with longer range, less quirky design.

by on May.18, 2017

Nissan teases the new Leaf's design by showing off the new EV's far less quirky headlights.

Nissan is starting to spotlight the upcoming launch of its completely redesigned Leaf battery-electric vehicle.

Make that headlight the new EV. What the second-largest Japanese makers calls a “first glimpse at the next-generation Leaf” zeroes on the new BEVs twin lamps. With an LED light bar for running lights, what appear to be twin LED headlamps look far more conventional than the bubble lights found on the current Nissan Leaf.

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No surprise, Nissan is expected to make the 2018 remake a bit less quirky than the gen-one Leaf, although it will remain visually distinct from the rest of the maker’s line-up. “It’s definitely a big step up from the current car,” a high-level Nissan official tells TheDetroitBureau.com.

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