Nissan LEAF Sets New US Electric Car Sales Record

When the Nissan LEAF first went on sale in the American market, the plug-in hybrid car raised a few eyebrows. Now, the LEAF is considered the best-selling electric car in the world—and it isn’t finished quite yet. Nissan recently announced that the LEAF has officially set a new US electric car sales record in 2014.

US Electric Car Sales RecordAfter posting a total of 3,102 units sold in December, the LEAF sold a total 30,200 units in 2014. This record-breaking sales year means that the LEAF has sold a total of 72,322 units in the United States alone. The LEAF is one of three plug-in cars that make a lasting impression on American consumers, selling more than 1,000 units a month.

Nissan builds each of its LEAF hatchbacks at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Make sure you stop in to Lewis Nissan today for more information on the record-breaking, eco-friendly car. You can even give it a test drive!

Nissan Breaks its Own Record for Most Electric Car Sales in a Year

Nissan LEAF - Electric VehicleWe recently flipped our calendars from October to November, but even before Halloween had hit, Nissan had already flipped a page in the record book. Even with a couple months left in the year, the brand has already broken its own record for most electric car sales in a single year, a record set by the LEAF last year with 22,610 units sold. LEAF sales are up 36% this year, and that massive sales growth has already led the brand to set the record yet again.

“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan electric vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “Since the initial launch in 2010, our primary goal is to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package, and we continue to deliver electric cars to more new buyers than anyone else.”

The Nissan LEAF has now sold over 142,000 units worldwide. All these sales numbers prove one thing: the Nissan LEAF is an EV for everyone, not just for a select few. It’s a practical, affordable, and extremely valuable vehicle—and oh, it just so happens to also help save the environment and save LEAF owners a lot of money. Come see us at Lewis Nissan to learn more toady.

Nissan LEAF Top Electric Car Pick for Good Housekeeping Magazine

When it comes to knowing what products are the best of the best, Good Housekeeping magazine is the go-to resource for many savvy consumers. In the magazine’s most recent edition of their “Tried & Tested” series, the Nissan LEAF SL was recognized as the Top Electric Car Pick, showing that the world’s best-selling electric vehicle has earned its sales success for a reason.Top Electric Car Pick - Nissan LEAF

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

The magazine’s review recognized the LEAF for its impressive driving range, its great value that is enhanced even more so with available federal and state tax incentives, and its segment-exclusive Around View Monitor. These features, along with the LEAF’s performance on the track, suburban roads, and highways, helped the electric car shoot to number one on Good Housekeeping’s list.

While Lewis Nissan doesn’t have the LEAF in stock, we still have plenty of other fuel-efficient cars to offer you. Make sure you come in to our dealership today and give one of our models a test drive!

New LEAF Will Look Less like an Electric Vehicle

Nissan LEAF - Electric VehicleThe 2017 Nissan LEAF is scaling back on its electric vehicle appearance. The new vehicle will include a more stylish body that is less unique in order to make it more appealing to all drivers. In the quest to make the LEAF more like a “regular car,” the body will be redesigned to look more streamlined and less like a compact.

“We are aiming for a bigger number of customers, and they are not looking for as much ‘EVness,’” says Nissan. Some people want to buy an all-electric car, but they do not want all of the features that make the car an obvious EV. They would much rather have all the benefits available in a package that looks like current gasoline and hybrid models.

The interior of the LEAF will become roomier and made more comfortable to accommodate longer commutes. It will also receive a new electric battery that will have a longer driving range between charges. This will give drivers more independence as they enjoy the car’s efficiency.  The cabin will include more styling choices, luxury features, and top of the line technology.

If you don’t mind the current model’s “EVness,” come test drive your own LEAF today at Lewis Nissan!

Nissan LEAF and Reverse Graffiti Founder Make a Positive Difference

When reverse graffiti founder Moose set out to make art by cleaning walls rather than spray painting them, he became one of many pioneers who understand the difference that one person and one project can make, a lesson Nissan understands well. Together, the Nissan LEAF and Moose were able to work together to make a positive difference, one vehicle and one wall at a time.

Nissan LEAF and reverse graffitiReverse graffiti is the art of creating a mural by cleaning a wall via a pressure washer. The pollution-stained wall has a design scrubbed into it through the strategic removal of the dirt and grime.

Nissan commissioned Moose to create a mural depicting London’s skyline on the Station’s Approach subway in Waterloo, London. The pressure washer he used was then powered by energy supplied by the LEAF.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, electric vehicle director for Nissan Europe. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect air quality has on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

Maybe by the time we at Lewis Nissan are able to travel to London and see the mural, the air will be just a bit cleaner and we’ll see just a few more Nissan LEAFs on the wrong side of the road.

2014 Nissan LEAF Named One of the Best Car Deals

2014 Nissan LEAFThe 2014 Nissan LEAF is no doubt an exceptional electric car, and Kelley Blue Book has taken note of that fact. Torque News has reported that the tiny hatchback has recently been named by KBB as one of the ten best new car deals of September.

The LEAF is known for being both environmentally friendly and easy on the wallet, with a KBB “fair purchase price” of $26,246. (The fair purchase price is a calculation of what a consumer will actually pay for a car, after incentives and other discounts are factored in).

Nissan is also a company that never stops improving. The Motley Fool says that in order to increase the car’s selling power “Nissan improved its range to about 84 miles (not too bad for a pure EV), added new features, and addressed battery and charging problems.”

Want to see how the LEAF stacks up against your gas powered vehicle? Visit us at Lewis Nissan!

Nissan LEAF Assists Safari’s Environmental Sustainability Efforts

Nissan LEAFPiling the Nissan LEAF with snakes, spiders, and other crawling creatures, the Knowsley Safari’s Learning and Discovery Team travels around the Liverpool, England area to educate primary school-aged children on the benefits of conservation and sustainability. The zero-emissions LEAF was donated by a local dealership and fits in well with the Safari’s environmental sustainability efforts.

“In many ways the LEAF is the perfect car for us,” said Richard Smith, Knowsley Safari’s head of visitor services.

“It’s fantastic. Because we’ve been able to couple our charger to our solar panels, there are effectively no running costs and that’s a real advantage. We also operate in accordance with a strict sustainability plan, and in that regard the LEAF is a winner too. It fits very neatly with the overall message the Learning and Discovery Team are delivering at schools across the region.”

Though our opinion may be a bit biased, we at Lewis Nissan think using the Nissan LEAF to further a business’s environmental sustainability efforts is a great idea. Do you have a business that could benefit from the zero-emissions vehicle?

Nissan LEAF Twitter Page Slams Tesla in Hilarious Deleted Tweet

Here at Lewis Nissan, there’s nothing we love more than a good Twitter fight. Usually, it’s celebrities battering one another or professional athletes responding to the “haters,” but we were all treated to a rare example of an automaker taking a shot at their competition yesterday when the @NissanLEAF Twitter account posted a picture that took a shot at beleaguered EV manufacturer Tesla.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, featured a photo of the 2014 Nissan LEAF® with the following text: “The Nissan LEAF® is available in all 50 states, including New Jersey.”

Ouch. Somebody please get Elon Musk a steak out of the freezer in the break room. He’s gonna need to ice that burn with the quickness.

Auto Blog Green reached out to Rob Robinson, senior specialist of social communications for Nissan, who told them that the LEAF Twitter page is run by an ad agency and not members of the company, adding that the tweet “was not a tweet that was reviewed or approved by Nissan. We saw it and asked them to take them down.” Robinson said the reason for taking down the innocuous jab was because “we thought it was a discussion we didn’t need to be weighing in on.”

We say keep it up, folks. The Nissan LEAF is the leader of its segment, so why not take the opportunity to assert its dominance? We’d like to hear from you: if you were running the Nissan LEAF Twitter page, what would be the best diss you could come up with for Tesla?

Breathe Deep. Smell That? It’s the Future.

Nissan is currently sending LEAF-shaped air fresheners to select electric vehicle enthusiasts as well as Nissan LEAF owners and Nissan employees in Europe as a token of their appreciation. The air fresheners are a very symbolic thank you to these individuals for helping bring the dream of a zero-emissions world to reality. The fresheners offer people a sniff of the future, literally, as they are perfumed with Nissan’s new “future scent.”

The “Scent of the Future” was commissioned to Dr. George Dodd, Master Perfumer and Aroma Academy Scientist, by Nissan in Europe. Dodd’s finished scent contains notes of “cut green grass, myrtle oil, natural orange” and even something called the “‘light as air’ molecule.” The scent seeks to awake nostalgia in those who smell it, nostalgia, oddly yet fittingly enough, for a future upon which we are still waiting to blossom.

The scent is Nissan’s latest way to show their extreme commitment to turning a zero-emissions planet from a distant daydream into a warm and authentic reality. The air fresheners give us a tiny tease of how wonderful such a world would be, and encourage us at Lewis Nissan to work harder than ever to do our part for that future.

106,528 Deliveries See to Nissan’s Best November Yet

Nissan set a new all-time November U.S. sales record with 106,528 total deliveries, a 10.7% increase over last year’s total of 96,197. This also marked a new November record for both the Nissan brand and the Infiniti brand, which delivered 93,376 and 13,152 vehicles, respectively. November was the best November for Nissan in awhile.

So far in 2013, Nissan Division has sold over a million vehicles, up 10.7% compared to the first eleven months of last year and already surpassing the total amount sold in 2012.

2014 Nissan AltimaHighlighting the sales record were the Nissan Altima, LEAF, Sentra, and Frontier. The Altima is never short on demand and set a new personal record by selling 24,604 models this November, up 21.2% compared to last year. The LEAF is still recognized as the best small electric vehicle on the market, with a new record of 2,003 sales and continuing its streak of setting new monthly records each month since March, when the new model was launched.

The Nissan Sentra is finally matching consumer demand and was up an incredible 62.5% this month, followed closely by the Frontier which was also up 54.6%.

Nissan must be doing something right, as the increasing sales never seem to end. Come by Lewis Nissan to check out their award-winning vehicle for yourself.