Nissan Leaf Styling And Range Tweaks Overstated

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
nissan leaf styling and range tweaks overstated

Automotive News is reporting that the Nissan Leaf will eventually get a restyling specific to Europe as well as increased range. But our Nissan sources say that’s not entirely accurate.

“We’ll fine tune the car for the European customer from a design point of view,” said Colin Lawther, vice president of Nissan engineering in Europe.

The Leaf won European Car of the Year in 2011, but critics have described as it looking bland and awkward.

The Leaf’s driving range will also be improved from 160km and the power delivery retuned to make it less jerky when accelerating, he said.

Apparently, that’s not the case. Our Nissan sources recommend not to expect too much for the alleged restyling. They are likewise unenthusiastic when it comes to the allegedly increased range. “The Leaf built in Cumberland will be a Leaf built in Cumberland,” says our source. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 12, 2012

    Seems like a non-story. Bland sells, and I like the looks of the Leaf, anyway. If you want a snazzy EV, buy a Roadster or Model S. If you want it to look like a science project, buy an i-MiEV.

  • Powerblue Powerblue on Apr 12, 2012

    Yes bland does sell. I also enjoy the looks of the Leaf especially the taillights. I have high hopes and low expectations with the Nissan Leaf and I am sure Nissan feels the same.

  • LEAFguy LEAFguy on Apr 13, 2012

    I'd suggest that you find a more credible source. The LEAF will be made in Sunderland, not Cumberland.

  • Herm Herm on Apr 13, 2012

    More range is not easy, and why would they bother?.. 30 minute fast chargers are popping up all over Europe in an attempt to deal with $9 a gallon fuel.