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Old 03-31-2011, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Nissan Leaf Canadian Pricing

Nissan recently announced its canadian price for the Leaf.It will sell for 6000$ more than in the U.S.The car will have standard "winter "accessories like heating seats which will certainly be required in the U.S.as well.This is rather insulting and shows that there is a short supply of the vehicule and that they are not realy interested in the canadian market.I whish them good luck when all the specialized media will find out that the government rebate is almost erased by this price hike.

The Prius never sold well around here partly because the looks has always been rather ugly and partly because Toyota priced it considerably higher than in the U.S.

I hope Ford will not make the same mistake with rather equal currencies.Market strategists should figure out that the first buyers of electrical cars are generally much better documented and are the kind that can have it or not and already have another car.I think that Ford should wait until they have plenty of electric Focus before making an entry on the canadian market and do it with competitive prices.In Quebec here,electricity is realy cheap and authorities are very interested in selling it and building a charging network.The future for the Electric Focus looks good.
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$6000 isn't just sticking it to the Canadians. There are heated seats, heated mirrors and steering wheel. HVAC duct for the rear seats. And rather cryptically, "temperature management." Dollars to doughnuts that refers to a liquid based thermal regulation for the battery pack. Which means a reservoir, a pump, plumbing, heating elements, batteries have to be configured differently to facilitate liquid flow.

Not saying all that amounts to 6k but it is definitely a significant item and makes you wonder about the people in the Northern US who do not have the "winter" package. Everyone thinks about the damage heat can do, but extreme cold can affect the longevity of the battery not just its short term performance.

Also, certain Canadian provinces are eligible for $8500 in tax rebates, which may have factored in Nissan's decision to charge more in Canada.

See article below for details:

http://nissan-leaf.net/2010/09/09/nissa ... ge-update/



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