Geneva: New Leaf's first flutter

<b>CENTRE STAGE:</B> The new Nissan Leaf makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show on March 5.
<b>CENTRE STAGE:</B> The new Nissan Leaf makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show on March 5.
GENEVA, Switzerland – The Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle with more than 50 000 units found in homes since its launch in 2011. Nissan has launched an improved version of the car and its having its debut at the 2013 Geneva auto show.

Nissan has taken all the feedback from customers and used it to make several changes to their new model, the most significant  being reduced charging time - down from eight to four hours - and longer range.

100 CHANGES

The new Leaf will be built at Nissan's Sunderland factory in the UK. There have been more than 100 changes to improve the car, the automaker says, but the only visual change is the redesigned grille to reduce the drag.

The most practical change is that of the charger being moved from the rear of the car to under the bonnet. Not only does this make it easier for owners to charge but it also increases the boot space by 40 litres to 370.

EASY CHARGE

There’s also a new LED inspection light, making it easier for the car to be charged at night. The charging port has been tweaked to improve usability and security - there's now an electric release in the cabin. The charge cable has an automatic electro-mechanical locking mechanism and a new i-Key controls the charging port cover and cable lock.

Nissan is now offering the Leaf in the familiar three trim levels - Visia, Acenta and Tekna - in ascending spec and price order.

Nissan SA expects the Leaf to bud at local showrooms in September 2013... nice, just in time for Spring!

Check out the latest models in our Geneva show section.
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