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New Leaf to be built on Wearside after £36m investment

New Leaf to be built on Wearside after £36m investment

Pricing for the new model won't be revealed until closer to its launch in Australia later in 2018, but in worldwide markets Nissan has said it will remain priced similar to the original Leaf.

At an advance viewing of the new Leaf in Tokyo, Nissan executives said the car's structure had been designed with adaptability in mind.

Research has shown that Leaf buyers wanted a vehicle below the $30,000 starting price, but they also wanted more features, Maragno said.

Nissan was an innovator in the sector seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf - which has sold 280,000 units - but has since had to contend with fierce competition from General Motors and Tesla among others.

Vincent Wijnen, Nissan sales and marketing chief for Asia-Oceania, is confident that if buyers are encouraged to buy greener cars by government Leaf sales have the potential to grow rapidly. To date, Nissan has sold over 112,000 Leaf EVs in the United States and more than 283,000 globally, making it the world's best-selling electric vehicle.

Pricing of the new model has not been disclosed, with the Japanese version to be available next month. You have autonomous drive technology, a new battery, new powertrain. The 2018 Leaf underscores Nissan's commitment to clean and efficient transportation.

In Japan, it starts at 3.15 million yen ($29,000) with the most expensive version costing 3.99 million yen ($37,000).

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This SUV and subsequent EV siblings are expected to use the same 40kWh batteries as the new Leaf to offer a range of about 379km. And if nothing else, it's a real upgrade for existing Leaf owners at a price that should prove tempting to many.

Nissan will also fit the ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park systems, which both aim to make driving easier while on the go and when pulling into a parking space. Moreover, it can also run on a highway in a single lane without the assistance of the driver.

With an autonomy announced of 241 km and a base price of $ 35 998$, the Leaf 2018 will be eligible for a credit government of$ 8,000 in Quebec because of the government program, Drive electric. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

When driving you press on the accelerator to go.

The vehicle holds its position, even on steep uphill slopes, until the accelerator is pressed again. Also standard is a 38 percent increase in power to 147 horsepower. I think that's what we're doing at the moment with Leaf.

So, we would get to see e-Pedal, ProPilot and ProPilot Park features in this new Nissan Leaf auto for this year's edition. With the 2018 Leaf scheduled to hit dealerships early next year, we'll know soon enough.

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