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Is Nissan getting greedy? We think so. Just this week alone, Nissan put out the new 2012 Nissan Versa sedan with a starting price of $10,990. But a few days later it introduced a hatchback version with a starting price of $14,380, which we don’t think it worth the extra dough. Now today, Nissan has just announced a price increase for the 2012 Nissan Leaf all-electric car. Again, we ask, what gives? Where’s the beef in this?
Was it the success of the Nissan Leaf all-electric car made Nissan greedy and arrogant? Surely, we think. Anyways, Nissan is jacking up prices of the 2012 Leaf all-electric car to $35,200 for the entry level model, which is about $2,500 more than the 2011 Nissan Leaf model. And if you move up to the 2012 Nissan Leaf SL model, it is priced at $37,250, an increase of $3,530 over the 2011 model. To top it off, none of the prices includes the $850 destination and handling fee. Looks like Nissan wants a cut of your $7,500 federal tax credit.
So what is Nissan’s justifications for the price increase? Read below from Nissan’s own words:
- DC Fast Charge capability standard on Nissan LEAF SL: The vast majority of MY11 consumers have opted for the DC fast charge port, which allows the vehicle to be charged at 480V – reducing charging time to under 30 minutes for charging the vehicle to 80 percent from a fully depleted state. As DC fast charge stations proliferate across the country, Nissan expects this feature to become even more popular. For 2012, fast-charging capability will be standard on the SL trim level.
- Cold weather features standard on Nissan LEAF: As the Nissan LEAF rolls out to U.S. markets with colder climates, cold weather features become standard equipment on all trim levels of the Nissan LEAF. These include a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated seats in both the front and rear.
Really? Nissan charged you up-the-roof for some standard equipment for quick charging and cold-weather features. Isn’t those features needed to make an electric vehicle to function like a conventional vehicle in the first place? Now Nissan is charging you for those standard features. What’s so standard about it when these features charged in the sticker price?
But that is not all, Nissan even raises the starting monthly lease price for the 2012 Leaf to $369, about $20 more from the previous lease. Well, you’ll be seeing your federal tax credit cut in half if you are buying the new 2012 Nissan Leaf electric car.