Nissan LEAF arrival in Australia may be pushed out to 2019

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Australian delivery of next generation LEAF electric vehicles pushed out from second half of 2018, to end March 2019.

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Prospective electric vehicle buyers in Australia may have to wait until March 2019 for a bite at the latest edition of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF, according to the latest information from the Australian arm of the company.

Nissan officially launched the “completely reinvented” next generation LEAF in Japan September last year, revealing a mass market EV ($US28,992) with 400km range, boosted acceleration and a range of new technologies.

At that time, RenewEconomy was told that the new LEAF was expected to reach the Australian market in the second half of 2018 – although Nissan Australia stressed that that date was “still to be confirmed.”

As we reported at the time, the new take on the global best seller is expected to be a key player in the nascent market for mainstream electric cars – particularly in Australia, where uptake has been going backwards over the past couple of years.

One of the key factors behind Australia’s retrograde market has been the distinct lack of electric vehicle availability.

As Bryce Gaton noted in his article here, Australians wishing to buy an EV currently have only five models to choose from, three of which are in the prestige price range.

The new Nissan, as well as the Hyundai Ioniq, were expected to change that with their arrival later this year.

But new information from Nissan Australia suggests the LEAF 2.0 won’t reach Australian shores before the end of March, 2019 – at around the same time as Tesla’s own mass-market offering, the Model 3, is expected to hit the market.

Again, however, Nissan Australia says “firm dates are yet to be confirmed.”

The updated delivery schedule followed the news that the Japanese car maker is ramping up its electric vehicle production, with a target of eight new pure electric models to be rolled out over the next four years.

The company also said it was targeting sales of one million electrified vehicles – either pure EVs or hybrid models – annually by fiscal year 2022, with an eye to driving sales in key global markets including China and Japan.

The price of the new LEAF in Australia is also as yet unknown, and according to Nissan, won’t be announced until the car is launched here.

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32 Comments
  1. Ben Dixon 1 year ago

    Nissan has to sort out its rapid gate issue before launching here.

  2. Alex 1 year ago

    Until the Federal government steps up and begins mandating emission standards that encourage anything besides dumping of polluting vehicles in Australia, there is no incentive for manufacturers to bring EVs to market in Australia while they can still ICE vehicles and their fuel filters, exhaust pipes, servicing etc..

    • Joe 1 year ago

      Yes Alex, welcome to Australia the dumping ground for dirty cars. Where are German style laws when we need them.

      • john 1 year ago

        Australia does not do those kind of emission stuff it is too hard for the dumb nuts in charge besides no one in the community would understand because they listen to Fox or some other idiot radio so welcome to the age of idiots in charge. they will vote in the government remember.

        • Joe 1 year ago

          I wonder if the Foxy crowd and their boosters even know that EV’s exist.,,,yes sarcism.

          • MaxG 1 year ago

            scratch the sarcasm… they actually don’t… only two days ago someone said to me that there are no EVs at all unless Telstra builds one in a few year. Yes, Telstra. And no, I do not live in Boganville.

          • john 1 year ago

            True very true but this is Stryalia mate

      • MaxG 1 year ago

        Well, I have a Euro 5 car. Unfortunately it cannot achieve its full potential when it comes to fuel consumption, because the sulphur content in the petrol is too high. Not only is proper environmental regulation lacking, the oil companies deliver crap on the notion, not required by law, why bother. And we get the short end of the stick twice.

        • Joe 1 year ago

          Its a shocker isn’t it. And as you have pointed out elsewhere in the pages of RE, more of the don’t care attitude and from our Government no less. They know better but don’t care, As long as their buddies at Big Fossil Fuel keep on creaming it the health and well being of the people and environment is just collateral damages.

  3. john 1 year ago

    This is typical as how Nissan treats Australia a mob of plebs.
    Why do I say this ???
    Well the first vehicle i rang up the Manager of Nissan Australia and told him I want a Leaf.
    His answer is ” What is a Leaf I have not heard of it”
    The cost to me was going to be $52.000 yes correct $52 grand what a joke.
    Needless to say i did not pay for the first in Australia to receive a vehicle considering i could get it for about $32K from every other county in the would at that time.

    • Joe 1 year ago

      Didn’t the Nissan dude at least know that a leaf is part of a tree? Seriously though, such poor sales knowledge of product is really unforgivable.

      • john 1 year ago

        Joe if i had taken up the first 12 buyers I may have it free.
        But if i lost out I would have paid $52000

      • john 1 year ago

        The Manager did not know what i was talking about

        • Joe 1 year ago

          Are you game to try him again to see if he has at least boned up on what… The Leaf… is.

          • john 1 year ago

            Considering it was about 5 years ago i would think the new manager just may know what the vehicle is.

    • Damon Schultz 1 year ago

      Not just in EVs, Nissan abandoned Australia long ago. No diesel powered heavy-duty 4WD available (latest Patrol is petrol-powered only) and no mid-duty 4WD available at all (Pathfinder is now a soft-roader only).

    • MaxG 1 year ago

      We are a mob of plebs… the world is laughing, we just don’t care :))

  4. nakedChimp 1 year ago

    We’ll be mostly driving Chinese BEVs if the incumbents keep this up.

    • George Darroch 1 year ago

      BYD deserve the market, given the way that Nissan and others are treating us.

  5. George Darroch 1 year ago

    This is infuriating. There are Australians who want to buy their vehicle, but they refuse to provide it to us. The same as GM-Holden and their ?olt.

  6. N Page 1 year ago

    If you want to see an EV ban in full effect, simply compare Australia to New Zealand.

  7. Gyrogordini 1 year ago

    Tesla Model 3 RHD production is now starting mid 2019, so I stick to my long term prediction – start configuring for Straya around new year, 2020…

  8. Kevin Brown 1 year ago

    Ahhhh!!! WTF? I am a 66 yo pensioner and I don’t want to die before to I can buy an affordable EV. I have a 900cc Alfa Romeo MiTo Twin Air which I bought for its incredible fuel efficiency and joy to drive but I would like to buy an EV for the benefit of my grandchildren and my budget. I was hoping the Nissan Leaf would fill the bill. What a disappointment!

  9. Robert Comerford 1 year ago

    Given Australia is a hot country for the most part I would like to see them get their battery cooling installed before delivering a new lot of Leafs.
    I think I too will be past driving before an affordable EV comes along.
    Any mention of cleaning up our act with vehicles will be quickly labelled a carbon tax and voted down by our poorly educated, self centered population.

  10. Chris Sanderson 1 year ago

    Face it. Australia is now on its way to becoming a third world country and a very small market compared to others in Asia. Abbott destroyed what auto manufacturing we had. Before that, successive govts have given away our mineral deposits for ultra-low returns. They have failed to create a Norwegion type of Sovereign fund, which now pays for that country’s welfare system. Now our Govts work for the miners and multinational corporations rather than its citizens. At elections we swop one main party for the other, while both are funded by the fossil fuel industry. We watch as our currency progressively declines against other developed countries. We are becoming a pariah internationally because both our main parties are still in denial on climate change, while the rest of the world are doing their best to reduce emissions. Until we find strong and competent political leaders with their heads screwed on right, things will continue to get worse.

  11. Mark Davis 12 months ago

    2018 Nissan leaf video from Yokohama Japan showroom.

  12. Iain tait 11 months ago

    I phoned four dealers in Perth today about the leaf and they didn’t have a clue…one sales man thought that maybe Nissan would start building electric cars in a few years if they work out!!! Another lady said I think maybe leafs are made by Hyundai….completely staggering!

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