- In 2014, world's best-selling electric vehicle more than doubles 2013 sales mark in Canada -
- Nissan LEAF is Canada's best-selling all-electric car so far in 2014
- Nissan LEAF has seen eight months of consecutive year-over-year sales growth in Canada
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Nissan Group today announced that as of December 1, 2014, the all-electric Nissan LEAF has sold its 1,000th unit in Canada, more than doubling the 2013 total sales mark of 470 LEAF vehicles. This represents a sales increase of 117 per cent over the course of the year, proving that more and more Canadians are choosing zero-emission driving. Since its Canadian launch in July of 2011, over 1,900 Nissan LEAFs have been sold in Canada.
Now in its fifth year of production, the 2015 Nissan LEAF continues to surprise first-time buyers with its ease of ownership – offering the space and range to meet most drivers' everyday needs, while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower maintenance costs and (where applicable) provincial incentives.
"The sales results today are a clear indication that Canadian motorists are starting to recognize that opting for a Nissan LEAF is an excellent opportunity for cost-saving, all while enjoying a truly zero-emission drive," says Christian Meunier, President, Nissan Canada Inc. "The availability of charging infrastructure in Canada is accelerating, especially in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario where these governments are strongly supporting the market acceptance of EVs."
The Nissan LEAF continues to be the EV benchmark in the automotive industry. With global sales of more than 150,000 units, the Nissan LEAF has become the best-selling electric vehicle ever. It is estimated that collectively, owners in 35 countries have saved more than $28-million in gasoline costs, as the zero-emissions LEAF requires none.
"The increased availability of charging stations, coupled with the Nissan LEAF's great efficiency, short-charging time and an entry-level S grade means the LEAF fits the lives of Canadians now more than ever," concludes Meunier.
About the Nissan LEAF
Introduced in 2010, the Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market electric vehicle in the world. The electric vehicle has collected industry honours including the 2011 World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year 2011 and Car of the Year Japan 2011-2012. Nissan LEAF has the highest global customer satisfaction rate for any Nissan vehicle ever and remains the best-selling electric vehicle in history.
Nissan LEAF incentives in Canada
There are provincial programs in Ontario and Quebec to help encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
ONTARIO: consumers are eligible for an incentive between $5,000 and $8,500 towards the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle. Nissan LEAF is eligible for the full $8,500 incentive.
QUEBEC: the Drive Electric program by the province of Quebec offers an $8,000 rebate on a Nissan LEAF. They also offer up to $1,000 towards a home charging station
Information, images and B-Roll of Nissan's full lineup are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About Nissan Canada
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 187 independent Nissan dealerships, 38 Infiniti retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.
SOURCE: Nissan Canada Inc.
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