2013 Nissan Leaf for Japan Gets Improved Range


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    2013 Nissan Leaf Picture

    The 2013 Nissan Leaf for the Japan market gets improved range and a weight loss. | November 20, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Nissan Leaf for the Japan market drops 176 pounds and nearly doubles its range to 142 miles.
  • But Nissan's U.S. arm warns that Leaf "specifications between markets are unique" and has not yet released details on the U.S. version of the electric car.
  • The 2013 Leaf for Japan also gets a more efficient regenerative brake-control system, Nissan said.

TOKYO — The 2013 Nissan Leaf for the Japan market drops 176 pounds and nearly doubles its range to 142 miles.

The 2013 Leaf for Japan also gets a more efficient regenerative brake-control system, a 12 percent increase in trunk space and optional leather seats, Nissan said.

"Everyone needs to make an effort in order to extend the cruising range," said Hidetoshi Kadota, Leaf chief vehicle engineer, in a statement posted on Nissan's global Web site. "We need to do our utmost for the battery, as well. The most salient feature is the car's weight, which has been reduced by 80 kilograms."

But Nissan's U.S. arm warns that Leaf "specifications between markets are unique" and has not yet released details on the U.S. version of the electric car.

"Specifications for the model year '13 Nissan Leaf in Japan were released on November 20 and apply only for that model designed for the Japanese market," wrote Dan Bedore, a Nissan North America spokesman in response to an e-mailed query from Edmunds on Tuesday.

"Information on the 2013 Nissan Leaf in the U.S. will be released closer to its on-sale date here. As with prior model year Leafs, specifications between markets are unique.

"Ratings such as range differ based on governmental testing procedures in individual markets."

The 2012 Nissan Leaf is estimated to achieve a range of up to 73 miles, according to Nissan. The automaker earlier said the 2012 Leaf will continue through the end of calendar year 2012.

Edmunds says: We'll have to wait a bit longer for specifications on the 2013 Nissan Leaf for the U.S. market, but at least we get a clear idea of the direction in which it's headed.

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