Nissan is boasting about the high demand for the new Leaf again as it says it has received 37,000 orders in Europe, but it looks like production is still not keeping up with demand.
The company delivered over 12,000 new Leafs in 2018 in Europe, which was enough to bring the total number of Leafs to 100,000 units in Europe.
Susana de Mena of Madrid was the 100,000th Leaf buyer in Europe.
I’ve spent two years trying to find an electric car. I knew it would be a Nissan! When I saw there was a brand-new model of the LEAF, there were no doubts in my mind it would be the perfect fit. My husband and I agreed that the quality, price and specification made it second-to-none.
We are very conscious that we must respect and protect the environment, so we knew we’d want to go 100% electric. On top of this, an electric car lets us get to the very centre of Madrid when ordinary vehicles can sometimes be restricted due to pollution issues.
The milestone in Europe comes just over a month after they reached the same number in Japan.
The Japanese automaker is now claiming to have 37,000 new Leaf orders in Europe since the launch 8 months ago, which is one new Nissan Leaf every 10 minutes in Europe.
Deliveries haven’t caught up to the orders yet with less than 10,000 units shipped during the first quarter 2018.
A similar situation is happening in the US where sales have come back to about 1,500 units per month, which is higher than in the last few years, but it is also far from the Leaf’s peak sales in the country.
When Nissan launched the new Leaf last year, they claimed that it would come with a production increase.
We are starting to see a slight uptick in Europe and Japan, but it has not yet been felt in the US.
I think most people are going to be waiting for the Nissan Leaf 2019, which is rumored to feature some much more significant updates than the 2018 version.
Hopefully, that’s when we are going to start seeing the promised production volumes to come with the new generation.
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