DETROIT Jan 14 Nissan Motor Corp Ltd
said it has dropped the U.S. price of the 2013 Leaf electric
vehicle by more than $6,000, to $29,650.
U.S. sales of the Leaf last year rose 1.5 percent to 9,819
The lower entry sticker will make the 2013 Leaf the
lowest-priced five-passenger electric vehicle in the United
Nissan was able to trim Leaf prices since relocating vehicle
and battery production from Japan to the United States, where
costs are lower, said CEO Carlos Ghosn.
"The car is not anymore shipped from Japan; batteries not
shipped from Japan," he said in an interview at the Detroit auto
show. "They are made in the United States. We are making the
consumer benefit as soon as possible from the cost reduction."
Nissan also is dropping the price of the mid-range Leaf SV
to $32,670 and the top-of-the-line Leaf SL to $35,690.