Nissan Leaf to Receive a Facelift for the UK
The company is determined to make all the necessary efforts in order to make sure that the vehicle will become a success. One of this initiatives will be to offer the car a mild makeover for the UK market. Nissan is currently considering this possibility, with the move potentially coming in 2013, when the car enters production in the country.
The list of enhancements would be based on customer feedback and is therefore aimed at fine-tuning the vehicle to meet the public’s needs. The changes would cover the body and the interior, offering a European flavor, while the electric motor and the control systems will come from Japan.
Nissan’s UK division started accepting orders for the Leaf on September 1, with potential customers asked to make small deposits via the company’s website. The clients are allowed to perform test-drives by the end of the current year before confirming their order. The first units of the car will reach UK customers in March next year.
In the UK, the Leaf will retail for a price of 23,350 pounds/ EUR27,360/$36,694 (including a 5,000 pounds Government incentive). The vehicle is priced bellow the EUR30,000 ($47,145) mark in most European markets.
The Nissan UK has already proved to be a hit in the U.S., as the car managed to gather 20,000 reservations earlier this month, a target that had been initially set for December. In America, the Leaf has a price of $32,780 but qualifies for a federal tax credit of $7,500, which brings its price down to $25,280.