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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2012 Nissan Leaf Includes Additional Equipment, Costs More Money, and Has Expanded Availability

2011 Nissan Leaf

The 2012 Nissan Leaf will be available soon in more markets than it was for its launch year, and all Leafs are now more winter-ready with the addition of newly standard cold-weather equipment.

The Nissan Leaf first launched in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, and now the electric hatchback will be available in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Nissan plans to further expand Leaf availability to Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York by the fall. Finally, by the end of 2011, the company will offer customers in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island the chance to own a Leaf.

Primarily for owners in the chillier new markets, a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats are standard kit for the 2012 Leaf—even those sold in the arid Southwest. Nissan also is making DC fast-charge ports standard equipment for Leaf SL models after finding that most customers chose the $700 option. The new standard equipment does drive up the price of the Leaf considerably: the entry-level SV now costs $36,050 before any tax incentives—a $2420 increase compared to the 2011 SV. The uplevel SL’s price swells by $3530 to $38,100 before any give-backs.

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