Video - Nissan Leaf will drop its price next year - Autoweek TV

Videa Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf will drop its price next year - Autoweek TV

Nissan Leaf will drop its price next year - Autoweek TV

Also in this episode: we're introducing a new iPad app designed help you find the perfect car. -- Nissan plans a cheaper Leaf. -- Ford amps up the sound in the Focus ST. -- And we're making it easier for you to find the perfect car. I'm Andy, working off the afterglow of Columbus Day with a Tuesday episode of Autoweek TV. Here's what's making news: Sales of the Leaf are falling short of Nissan's goals. So the automaker plans to roll out a lower-priced version early next year. The cheaper Leaf arrives along with a mild makeover for Nissan's electric car, and a shift of production from Japan to Tennessee. Right now, the Leaf has a base price of $36050, and it's eligible for a $7500 tax credit. But through September, Nissan has sold only 5212 Leafs -- well below the company's annual target of 20000 cars. The cheaper Leaf will get conventional headlamps instead of HID units, and a less sophisticated navigation unit. Nissan is also asking suppliers to cut the cost of parts. Sometimes, the noise, vibration and harshness engineers are a bit too good. Case in point: The new Ford Focus ST. Under normal driving conditions it's pretty quiet inside Ford's hot hatch. To amp up the performance feel, Ford engineers added a tube that carries sound from the engine compartment to behind the dashboard. The system, which Ford calls Sound Symposer, is active during heavy acceleration. Or you could just roll down the window. Focus STs are showing up on dealer lots now. Finally ...



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