Nissan Leaf gets $15,000 price cut in Australia

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The price of Nissan’s fully electric Leaf has been slashed from $51,500 to $36,500 without on-road costs, to help ‘stimulate the market.’

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The Nissan Leaf used to cost an eye-popping $51,500 in Australia, which may be why only 116 people bought it at that price.

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Fortunately, the price has dropped by an impressive $15,000, down to $39,990 after on-road costs, but 36,500 without on-road costs factored in.

“We want to sell more,” said Nissan Australia spokesman Peter Fadeyev. “We want to stimulate the market.”

Customers that already paid that extremely high price will not be reimbursed the price difference.

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11 Comments
  1. Coaltopia 6 years ago

    It’s a good move, but still out of reach of many. And you’d wonder at how many individuals out of the 116 bought it, compared to say, companies/gov departments.

    When you can buy a 1L Suzuki Alto for $12K drive-away, it’s hard to gainsay this as a economical and reasonably environmentally-friendly alternative.

    • Useful Design 6 years ago

      Early days for EV Coaltopia

      • Coaltopia 6 years ago

        For sure… you can factor in other benefits like reducing air pollution, which should factor into tax-breaks for EV’s (like California).

        I wonder what the latest break-even with EV L/100Kms – last time I checked it was roughly 8L/100KMs (the Alto is 4.5)… then you might need to look at battery replacement.

        • Matt Lacey 5 years ago

          except the alto is a tiny car and a leaf is not….

        • Yes Minister 4 years ago

          I probably have the smallest carbon footprint of any Australian however reducing it further must be at least halfway cost-effective before its worthy of consideration. Certainly a Nissan Leaf would help given my decided excess of green (solar) electrons but $40000 for a four year old vehicle it simply doesn’t have a payback. $25000 is the absolute maximum at which an EV makes sense and thats only if I can complete most journeys without having to sit by the roadside for hours pumping dirty electrons into the battery from an fossil-fuelled pollution creator..

  2. Marc Talloen 6 years ago

    “Fortunately, the price has dropped by an impressive $15,000, down to $39,990 after on-road costs, but 36,500 without on-road costs factored in.”
    Fortunately???
    Why Australians need to pay $ 36,500 while in California the entry level Leaf S 2013 model is sold at US$28,800?
    In the US, the Nissan Leaf S costs only US$21,300 with federal incentives applied, and in California customers pay only US$18,800 after their state rebate has been discounted.

    • Louise 6 years ago

      The reason is the different / higher taxes on cars in Australia.

    • Ronald Brak 6 years ago

      Petrol prices are higher in Australia than in the US so an electric or fuel efficient car can command a higher premium than in the US. As a result Australians also pay more for a Prius than Americans do. Competition will (should) work to push down prices as either more companies provide more low emission vehicles or existing makers lower prices to try to keep them out of the market. But in the mean time, if you’re on a budget, you may wish to invest in a bicycle.

      • Marc Talloen 6 years ago

        Following your reasoning (???) about petrol prices the Nissan Leaf should cost much less in Australia than in Europe where the basic version of the Leaf is now priced at 29890 EUR = $38700.
        Besides, European customers enjoy a subsidy of 7000 EUR effectively reducing the cost to 22890 EUR = $29650 while no subsidy is available in AU, which should be taken into consideration by Nissan…

        • Ronald Brak 6 years ago

          I suspect that if Nissan charged much higher prices in Europe people there would buy European electric cars instead.

  3. Yes Minister 4 years ago

    I’d dearly love to buy a Nissan Leaf, however there is no way I’ll pay anywhere near the RRP which is ridiculous enough as it is, without being saddled with a vehicle built in the UK in 2011. I notice all manner of petrol-head journos / muttering rotters bewailing the abysmally poor sales of the Leaf in Australia, but seems none of them have woken up to the real reason the thing isn’t selling is the bloody ridiculous RRP !!!. A number of dealer price guides suggest the true value for a four year old Leaf in Australia is between $16000 & $18000, a far cry from the $40000 – $50000 expected by dealers. Despite dealers crapping on about 2012 compliance plates, as far as I’m aware, all Leafs in Australia were part of the first shipload from the UK in late 2011, I suggest those who believe I’m being unduly harsh try taking their 2011 build / 2012 plated Falcodore to a dealer , expecting them to pay more than the RRP for a brand new 2015 built / plated one. Methinks they will be sadly disappointed..

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