Nissan turns over a new Leaf

You can help save the environment and your wallet with the news that the price of a new all-electric Nissan LEAF has been slashed by £2,500.

UK customers can also benefit, in addition to the retail price reduction, from low rate car finance incentives.

That means the revolutionary, zero-emission LEAF can now be driven away for £23,490 (or £239 a month), ahead of the arrival of its new version, manufacturer of which is due to start in Sunderland this spring.

Buyers will also benefit from very low running costs. A battery recharge will cost a mere fraction of the cost of a full tank of fuel. A new LEAF will also benefit from zero road tax and is currently exempt from company car "benefit-in-kind" tax.

Public charging points to top up the battery are increasing around the world and motorists are now able to do so quicker than before. Those wishing to add to the family of 50,000 LEAF owners can now charge from zero to 80 per cent capacity in under half-hour.

Launched in 2011, the LEAF won the World, European and Japan Car of the Year Awards two years ago and now shows that battery-powered cars are ready to make a significant contribution to a worldwide reduction in vehicle emissions.

The LEAF comes with the high standards motorists have come to expect from Nissan.

Its satellite navigation system comes as standard, incorporating Carwings, Nissan's unique telematics system which allows owners to control the heating and air conditioning settings and to monitor the charging process remotely via smartphones.

A rear-view parking camera, rapid charge capability, Intelligent Key, LED headlamps and Bluetooth connectivity also come as standard. Safety, as always, is paramount to the Nissan brand, its LEAF being awarded a top five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Nissan Europe senior vice president Paul Willcox called Nissan LEAF a "revolution". He said existing customers were passionate in their belief that zero-emission mobility was not the future, but was here now.

Mr Willcox remarked zero-emission mobility within reach of the mass-market had always been Nissan's objective for LEAF.

The senior vice president added: "Our price reduction underlines that commitment and with no price premium even more motorists will become believers."

The price cut comes as part of plans to make the LEAF even more affordable in its three key markets of Europe, Japan and the United States.

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