5 things you need to know about the new Nissan Leaf

5 things you need to know about the new Nissan Leaf

Nissan said it aims to sell at least 90,000 new-model Leafs annually, "doubling, or even tripling" sales of its predecessor, which topped 47,000 past year.

The company's challenge is twofold: to persuade a world still largely skeptical about electric vehicles that the technology has advantages, and to persuade electric-vehicle buyers lured by the Tesla buzz to try something else. It lets drivers start, accelerate, decelerate and stop by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator.

Nissan CEO and president Hiroto Saikawa said Nissan would start launching the Leaf 2 in the latter half of the year and a higher powered version in 2018.

Beginning with its exterior design, the all-new Leaf features a low, sleek profile that veers away from the previous model's shape. The display shows what is going on around the vehicle.

While Nissan was a pioneer in mass-market electric cars, it has recently been overshadowed by USA automaker Tesla, which has introduced a range of stylish, high-performance cars.

ProPILOT allows the driver to enable autonomous driving functionality when driving on single-lane highways at the touch of a button, after which the technology will control steering, acceleration and braking.

Essentially, e-Pedal technology is Nissan putting all the power in your right foot.

One area in which Leaf seemingly measures up to the Bolt and Model 3 is autonomy. The new Leaf will use Sonar tech and cameras to drive itself in various parking spots, be it angled, parallel, straight or so on.

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The new model is upgraded in every way, with a more powerful electric motor that also produces more torque with a battery pack that offers significantly longer range than the model it replaces.

Slightly longer and wider than the Hyundai Creta, one of India's best-selling sport utility vehicles, the Nissan Leaf is a five-seater auto that offers a cargo space of 435 litres.

To say the new Nissan Leaf has been transformed outside and within is an understatement.

On Thursday night, Nissan debuted Leaf 2.0.

Plus, the new electric model from Nissan will benefit from the expansion within the EV market, which this year grew to its largest market share ever, Caldwell noted. The brake pedal is still required for emergency stops, however.

Completely reinvented. That's how Nissan are describing the new Leaf.

Nissan is overcoming new challenges facing the auto industry, such as new technologies, intensifying price competition and globalization, by tapping into its prowess in worldwide partnerships, which it has acquired through years of working with Renault, a 43% owner of Nissan. Other Japanese automakers have not been as bullish on electric vehicles. To date, Nissan has sold 280,000 Leafs and, since 2012, 80,000 units of sister model Zoe developed with Renault SA.

People look at the charging port on a 2018 Nissan Leaf during an unveiling event, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. The 200-mile mark is considered by many industry experts as the range needed to ease driver fears that they'll run out of juice short of their destination.

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