Nissan: Next LEAF to get better looks, better range and lower price

Nissan LEAF

Nissan’s Colin Lawther, vice president of Nissan engineering in Europe, says that the company plans on giving the next LEAF electric-car a more European design and may also lower the price of the EV.

“We’ll fine tune the car for the European customer from a design point of view,” Lawther said.

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The LEAF, which has won many awards including the 2011 European Car of the Year award, has been widely criticized for its awkward design.

Lawther said that besides design upgrades, Nissan will also improve the range and power delivery to make it a less jerky vehicle.

In terms of lowering the price (at least for the European market), Lawther said that Nissan will start building the LEAF in Sunderland, England starting February – which will help cut costs instead of importing it from England.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews