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Nissan slashes entry-level Leaf EV by $6k

Nissan slashes entry-level Leaf EV by $6k

Nissan's new Leaf EV could be priced as low as $18,800 in 2013, as the company chases elusive sales and first-time electric car buyers with a refreshed, budget version. The company, already stinging from less-than-anticipated demand for the Leaf worldwide, had previously confirmed that it would be introducing a third, entry-level version of the car for the new year; now, it's confirmed pricing, though exactly how good a deal drivers will get depends on their local subsidies.

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Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Cheaper Nissan Leaf confirmed to spur 2013 EV sales

Nissan has confirmed a new version of the Leaf electric car will launch this year, a cheaper model to lower the cost of entry to EVs, though the car company is yet to announce actual pricing. The new Leaf S - which will go on sale alongside two more feature-packed variants of the car - should hit showrooms in February, Nissan says, with the primary compromise being the absence of a new fast charging system.

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Nissan expands battery warranty coverage for Leaf EVs

Nissan expands battery warranty coverage for Leaf EVs

Nissan hasn't been having the best of luck with its all-electric Leaf. The vehicle hasn't sold in numbers like the automaker had hoped. Out of the consumers who purchased the Leaf, nearly 18,000 complained of battery capacity loss and poor performance of the vehicle battery packs.

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Infiniti cars to be prefixed with “Q” and “QX” starting in the 2014 model year

Infiniti cars to be prefixed with “Q” and “QX” starting in the 2014 model year

With the launch of the 2014 model year, Nissan will begin prefixing Infiniti model cars with "Q" and crossovers and SUVs with "QX." This change will make it easier to identify what type of vehicle the model number applies to, a system far easier than the current barrage of letters that pepper Infiniti's various models. This comes a few weeks after Nissan announced that the 2014 Infiniti G37 will be unveiled in Detroit.

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Nissan announces US battery plant for Leaf EV

Nissan announces US battery plant for Leaf EV

Nissan recently celebrated two years of Leaf EV sales. During the celebration, Nissan also announced that it would be opening a battery plant in the United States in Smyrna, Tennessee. The battery plant will be the largest lithium-Ion automotive battery plant in the United States.

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Nissan GT Academy crowns season two winner

Nissan GT Academy crowns season two winner

Nissan and Sony kicked off the second season of GT Academy back in October. Nissan GT Academy North America is a TV series that starts with some the fastest virtual racers on the Sony game Gran Turismo. The season started with 16 of the top drivers and then whittled those down from a huge number of drivers who accepted the GT Academy challenge on the video game.

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Nissan adds driving range and drops the price of the Leaf EV

Nissan adds driving range and drops the price of the Leaf EV

So far, Nissan has failed to generate the kind sales hoped for with its electric Leaf automobile. Part of the reason the car has failed to sell is that it's driving range is too short for many shoppers and the price is too high. Nissan showed off a new version of the Leaf this week at a hotel in Tokyo.

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2013 Nissan Leaf unveiled in Japan

2013 Nissan Leaf unveiled in Japan

Today, Nissan has unveiled their 2013 model of the Leaf in Japan. The new model features a bevy of minor upgrades, as well as cheaper trim model for the budget-conscience crowd. Nissan says the new 2013 models will be aimed at those who haven't yet taken the plunge of purchasing a Leaf since the car's original launch in 2010.

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Nissan and Sony to offer second season of Nissan GT Academy

Nissan and Sony to offer second season of Nissan GT Academy

The first season of Nissan GT Academy has completed and Nissan and Sony have announced that they have teamed up to bring a second season of Nissan GT Academy competition to the US. The Nissan GT Academy is a competition that takes participants who win online races in a Grand Turismo special series and pits them against each other for the chance to drive a real Nissan racecar.

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First Nissan Juke-R is on its way to a customer

First Nissan Juke-R is on its way to a customer

I have to admit that each time I see a normal Nissan Juke cruising around, I think it's the ugliest vehicle I've ever seen. The first time I saw the Juke-R, I formed a completely different opinion of the car though. This special custom-made version of the little Juke actually looks kind of cool.

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Nissan Motor Co to equip some vehicles with steer-by-wire tech

Nissan Motor Co to equip some vehicles with steer-by-wire tech

Nissan Motor Co has announced that some of its vehicles will be getting new steering technology that does away with traditional mechanical and hydraulic systems. The new steering system will use steer-by-wire technology. The technology will change the direction of the wheels in relation to the steering wheel inside the car using electronics rather than mechanical means.

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Cheap 2013 Nissan Leaf rumored: Cut-spec to drive EV sales

Cheap 2013 Nissan Leaf rumored: Cut-spec to drive EV sales

Nissan is reportedly considering a budget version of the Leaf electric car, with hopes that a low-spec model could light a fire under dreary US sales. The new addition to the range, set to go on sale in the US in February 2013 according to Automotive News, would lack more expensive features like LED highlights and integrated navigation, as well as see changes under the metal.

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