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2013 Nissan Leaf gets lighter and more efficient

By SYF77 on 23 Nov 2012

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Nissan has introduced the 2013 Nissan Leaf facelift for the Japanese market. The most important update is on the electric drive train, which consists of a new electric motor, an inverter and a DC/DC converter. It is now 10% lighter, giving the car an 80 kg advantage over the outgoing model.

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Among other upgrades, Nissan engineers also improved the regenerative braking system to maximize power regeneration. All these improvement enables the EV to travel up to 228 km on a full charge, which is more than sufficient to drive up to Malacca.

On the exterior, the new Leaf gets 3 new colors, namely white, dark Metal Gray and Brilliant White Pearl. It will also get re-designed alloy rims in either 16 or 17-inch width depending on the grade that you choose. Blue reflection LED headlights are available as well.

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For the interior, upgrades include genuine leather seats, BOSE® Energy Efficient Series sound system, around view monitor park assist and plasma cluster ion generator that helps to improve cabin air quality.

Along with the facelift, Nissan has introduced an entry-level S variant which costs ¥3,349,500 (S$49,690) in Japan. The existing G and X grades continues to be available for sale.

In Singapore, the Leaf is only available to corporate users under Tides (Transport Technology Innovation and Development Scheme), a local test-bed for electric cars which grants them tax exemption.

Photo Credit: Auto Evolution

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Doosan Nov 25 2012 05:47 PM
jz watchd "TurboCharged" channel, that in UK Leaf is selling 26,OOO-Queen, whereas Renault Flouence is selling 18,OOO-Queen. Both are battery powered with Renault covering 16Omile against Leaf 12Omile per fullyCharged battery. i think Hybrid still the right choice.
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