When Nissan will begin production of the Leaf EV in the UK, the Japanese manufacturer expects to triple its sales in Europe. Nissan hopes to sell around 9,000 units, which means it wants to triple its sales from last year, according to Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe's sales and marketing chief who talked with Automotive News Europe.
For those who don’t know, the current Nissan Leafs that are sold in Europe are imported from Japan, but starting February the Japanese company will built it in Sunderland. Moreover, the Nissan Leaf built in Europe will have a different design on order to attract European customers.
According to the same Paul Willcox, the Nissan Leaf sales have been affected by the eurozone crisis, as the government investments in the charging infrastructure didn’t achieve the rate anticipated by the carmaker three years ago.
Nissan will also start Leaf production at its plant in Smyma, Tennessee for the U.S.-spec model. Nissan-Renault alliance CEO, Carlos Ghosn expects to see some soaring sales in September.