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Leaf: Sales Up, Driver Logs 100K Miles


Nissan has announced that its all-electric Leaf has enjoyed monthly sales increases since production was moved to the Smyrna, Tenn., facility from Japan. For 2013 alone, Leaf sales are up 141 percent. The last full month for which sales figures are available, November 2013, the car tallied 2,003 deliveries. Nissan Leaf: Video One of the [...]

Leaf vs Volt: Update


The ongoing horse race between Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf has gotten more competitive. Just as Nissan announced a hot-weather battery upgrade this week, new data revealed that Volt owners drive more all-electric miles than Leaf owners do. At the Tokyo Motor Show last week, Nissan officials confirmed the new hot-weather battery will be in [...]

The 7 Best Racing Movies Ever


Every car buff likes to take a break and watch Hollywood’s best racing movies. As one reviewer recently noted, it is only a matter of time before a major studio bases a blockbuster film on an electric car. That may be so, but for now, the list of the best racing movies features seven films [...]

Nissan Leaf Sets Sales, Distance Records


The last months of 2013 are historic times for Nissan’s Leaf electric car. Already, the popular EV has surpassed the halfway mark of its one billion kilometers goal (that’s about 622 million miles). The Chevrolet Volt, a range-extended EV, is not far behind, having posted 462 million all-electric miles as a recent non-global statistic. Nissan [...]

Nissan Video Surprises Leaf Fans


Nissan has a viral video on its hands. As part of last weekend’s National Plug In Day the Japanese carmaker released a short film about the daily life of electric car owners. Leaf fans all over the world are sending the video link to friends and family in an effort to explain how much they [...]

Tokyo Motor Show: New Nissan Z to Debut


Rumors are in the air as the Tokyo Motor Show prepares for a spectacular opening on Nov. 22. Nissan executives have hinted they will uncover a concept version of the company’s next Z sports vehicle. Many industry experts predict the small, lightweight successor to the current 370Z will perhaps feature electric propulsion of some kind. [...]

National Plug In Day Sept. 28-29


A major automotive event is coming soon to cities all across the U.S., the Netherlands, and Canada. National Plug In Day takes place during the Sept. 28-29 weekend, with events scheduled in nearly 100 different localities. Celebrities, politicians and EV enthusiasts of every stripe will be out in force on this, the third annual NPID. [...]

Book Helps Car Sellers, Buyers


Car buyers and sellers often wish they knew more about the mechanical workings of automobiles. Knowledge is power, especially in the competitive world of private sales. A valuable, and inexpensive, book from RAC, Britain’s version of AAA, explains everything about the inner workings of automobiles. Entitled “How Your Car Works: Your Guide to the Components [...]

Auto Safety Standards Headed for Change


U.S. government officials are trying to piece together a global auto safety program with leaders of the European Union. Prior to this effort, there has never been a worldwide set of safety regulations for automobiles. In addition to safety features, the new program would standardize world vehicle specs of many types, bringing U.S., Asian, and [...]

Nissan Leaf Faces Surging Demand


Nissan is facing a temporary supply shortage of its electric Leaf automobiles. The Japanese carmaker slashed the sticker price of the Leaf in early 2013 by $6,000, bringing the new base-model price tag to $29,750. After state and federal incentives, many U.S. buyers can acquire the electric compact car for under $20,000. Nissan representatives say [...]

Nissan Leaf Sales Soar in May


Sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf are approximately three times what they were last year through the month of May. The initial five months of 2013 witnessed 7,614 Leaf cars sold. At the end of May 2012, the company had sold just 2,613 of the electric vehicles. So far in 2013, March and May have [...]

Nissan Leaf is Top IIHS Safety Choice


Nissan Motor Co. has achieved the auto safety hat trick, with three of its vehicles netting the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” designation for 2013. The all-electric Nissan Leaf, the Nissan Altima, and the Infiniti M37/M56 all scored high enough on the IIHS crash tests to earn the safety accolade. [...]

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