Nissan To Increase The Sales Of LEAF In U.S.
Nissan once said that the company plans to sell a diesel-powered Maxima in 2010, but as we know, that never came to reality. As other automakers are keen on developing its diesel models, Nissan finds a different path around by producing plug-in hybrids. Nissan is now planning on increasing production numbers for its Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, which was introduced in U.S. in 2010. An environmentally friendly vehicle, sales figures of the LEAF has been higher than expected, and this directed the automaker to produce more. However, the company expects annual U.S. sales of LEAF to be increased, which indicates that Nissan will not be producing any diesel-powered vehicle soon.
In 2011, the Japanese automaker sold less than 9,700 LEAFs and is looking forward to doubling the sales to around 22,000 units. By doing so, the sales may exceed the 60,000 vehicle mark in 2013. Al Castignetti, a Nissan vice president and general manager said that the firm will be manufacturing more plug-in hybrid-electric powertrains, but no specifics about timeframe or models were given. Pierre Loing, Nissan vice president for product strategy and planning also said in an interview that Nissan is not producing diesel varieties because of government restrictions and cost concerns.
Meanwhile, German automakers such as Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have returned with their diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. recently after enhancing their performance in Europe. Last year, General Motors made clear that it will set up a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze to the U.S. in 2012.