The LEAF has been racking up impressive sales since Nissan began production in the US. Some of the top 10 sales hotspots are where you’d expect them to be – Left Coast cities such as San Francisco and Portland, and Nashville, the home of Nissan’s north American headquarters.
However, the electric hatchback is also conquering new territory – Atlanta is now the third biggest market for LEAF sales, with more than 700 units sold in the last few months. In fact, the Renault-Nissan alliance recently sold its 100,000th electric vehicle at Regal Nissan in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell.
“It’s economical. It is something I could afford as a college student. It drives perfectly. It’s so cool, and that’s why I wanted to get a LEAF,” said Allison Howard, who bought an 2013 “S” trim, the lowest-priced model. She and her parents were sold on Nissan after Allison walked away from a serious accident while driving a Nissan Versa.
“The LEAF is hot, especially the ‘S’ trim,” said Nissan spokesperson Lisa Farrar. “People are literally buying them before the truck delivers them to the lot in some markets.”
Salesperson Randy Dombrosky concurred: “People are starting to really understand what kind of a deal they’re getting. The referrals are the best part of it. Soon as they take it home, their neighbor wants to know what that is next door.”