Nissan Leaf Production in U.S. Gets a Boost | Edmunds

Nissan Leaf Production in U.S. Gets a Boost


Just the Facts:
  • Nissan is adding additional Leaf production at its Smyrna, Tennessee auto plant in response to growing U.S. demand, the automaker told Edmunds.
  • The automaker said it would not provide specific figures on how many additional units to expect.
  • Demand for the electric car has increased following a price cut earlier this year.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Nissan is adding additional Leaf production at its Smyrna, Tennessee auto plant in response to growing U.S. demand, the automaker told Edmunds.

"We are adding additional Leaf production at Smyrna, which will lead to more vehicles in the U.S. market early in 2014," wrote Brian Brockman, a Nissan spokesman, in response to a query. "We have seen a sustained increase in demand in many markets across the U.S. as people recognize the great value and money-saving opportunity that Nissan Leaf represents."

Brockman declined to provide specific figures on how many additional Leaf units to expect.

Nissan sold 2,002 Leafs in the U.S. in October, a 27 percent increase over sales in October 2012. The Japanese automaker sold 18,078 Leafs here from January through October, versus 6,791 in the same period a year ago.

Nissan slashed the U.S. price of the Leaf to $29,650, including an $850 destination charge, in January.

Leaf inventories have been constrained due to the popularity of the car. Supplies of the Leaf at U.S. Nissan dealers are currently running at about 20 days, according to Automotive News.

Edmunds says: Consumers should be able to get their hands on a Nissan Leaf more quickly starting early next year.

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