Nissan to restart LEAF orders in US
The carmaker had previously stopped reservations for the vehicle in September 2010 following higher-than-expected demand – a total of 20,000 US reservations were placed three months prior to the first Nissan LEAF delivery of which around 500 have been delivered.
Now, from 1 May, Nissan will reopen reservations in the launch states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Individuals who already have registered on the Nissan LEAF website will be given preference.
Next up will be markets in the southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia), which will be able to order the LEAF from the fall, with nationwide ordering following in 2012.
'Nissan is pleased to report that the first vessel carrying post earthquake-produced Nissan LEAFs is scheduled to arrive to US shores April 27,' said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas. 'Nissan LEAF deliveries are about to grow from the few hundreds, to the many thousands, and all current customer orders will be fulfilled by the end of this summer.'