Leaf EV could be given improvements before going into UK production

Nissan is considering giving its Leaf EV a light facelift, or at least a modest round of improvements, when it goes into production in the UK in 2013.

The improvements will allow Nissan the chance to make improvements following customer feedback.

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Changes would include the body and interior being retooled for European build. The motor and control systems will come from Japan.

The UK order books on the car opened on September 1, when initial deposits of £257 were accepted via Nissan’s website.

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Depositors are being given the opportunity to test drive the Leaf before December 2010, before formally confirming their order. UK deliveries will begin in March 2011.

Nissan claimed in June this year that it had received 19,000 pre-orders for the car, a figure almost double the 10,000 that will be made in its first year of production.

The car will cost from £23,350 (including a £5000 government incentive) in the UK.

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27 September 2010

Needs more than a facelift . How about charging points . Oh does this mean we will see the wrong sort of leaves on the hard shoulders .

Think about it ....

29 September 2010

Having just bought this:

Nissan Juke Test Drive

some will say I have questionable taste but the arse on that leaf is just horrendous!

29 September 2010

[quote dabe]some will say I have questionable taste but the arse on that leaf is just horrendous! [/quote]

I've seen worse behinds lol.

20 November 2010

[quote Autocar]Nissan is considering giving its Leaf EV a light facelift, or at least a modest round of improvements, when it goes into production in the UK in 2013.

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Watching BBC News last night, one of the improvements is to have an artificial engine noise to warn pedestrians of the car's approach.

Is it just me, or would it not be better if they used pedestrian crossings instead of their usual " I can't be bothered to wait 10 seconds for the lights to change". If I were a Leaf owner I'd demand that the noise be disabled. The fact that the car's silent doesn't make it invisible and if you cross roads where you should, there'll be no problem. When I was young I was taught to look right, left, then right again and after 58 years, I've never had a problem. There again, I also respect other road users, don't amber-gamble and never drink and drive and keep within the speed limit at all times. I also try to watch out for others on the road just in case they do decide to suffer a moment of madness.

20 November 2010

[quote n50pap]I also try to watch out for others on the road just in case they do decide to suffer a moment of madness.[/quote]

This is the problem.Even the best of us can have the odd "lapse" when we do something out-of-character.

20 November 2010

[quote dabe]some will say I have questionable taste but the arse on that leaf is just horrendous! [/quote]

Very sorry , but would have to agree on both counts.

20 November 2010

[quote n50pap] If I were a Leaf owner I'd demand that the noise be disabled.[/quote]

I would do the opposite. I would like the option where there is possible to change the virtual motor sound,so I would drive one day with Porsche sound, Ferrari next day, than Lambo, Alfa etc. and think that I'm driving a real car.

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