“Undoubtedly, Nissan can sell some in the U.S. – a few thousand a year, perhaps 10,000 or 20,000 or 30,000,” Flint writes. “Some people will always want something new. But the Leaf is more likely to be a sales failure than a sales success.”
Flint cites four problems with the Leaf:
Range: “It promises 100 miles,” he says, “but expect that to be reduced by cold weather.”
Recharging: Flint predicts most recharging stations will be on the West Coast.
Recharging time: eight hours at 220V.
Price: Flint predicts the price may land close to $40,000. (Nissan has told Design News that it expects the price to be in the $30,000 range, but that figure isn’t set yet.)
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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