Nissan to Launch New Leaf Electric Vehicle Model in October


Chiba, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it will launch a fully remodeled version of its zero-emissions Leaf electric vehicle on October 2.

The second-generation Leaf, to be priced between ¥3,150,360 and ¥3,990,600 yen, can travel up to 400 kilometers on a single full battery charge, against 280 kilometers for the current model, thanks to a higher battery capacity.

The new model features ProPILOT autonomous driving technology designed for single-lane driving on expressways. It is also the first Nissan vehicle equipped with technology that allows drivers to parallel park by pushing buttons.

The new Leaf has the potential of evolving from the original model, which has played a vanguard role, to the core of future Nissan models, Nissan President Saikawa Hiroto told a press conference at the Makuhari Messe convention center in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo.

Nissan plans to launch the model in the United States, Canada and Europe in January next year. The automaker hopes to add a new model that can travel longer on a full battery charge to the Leaf lineup next year as well, it said.

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