Nissan LEAF sales up by a third

Nissan LEAF sales up by a third

The number of Nissan LEAFs sold across Europe rose by a third last year, new figures show.

Nissan Europe said a total of 14,658 models were sold across the continent in 2014 - which means that the car accounted for more than one in four electronic vehicles sold.

It is the fourth consecutive year that the LEAF has been the biggest-selling zero-emission vehicle in Europe, and the car now leads the market in Europe, the US, and globally.

The number of LEAFs sold in the UK rose by more than 100% between 2013 and 2014 - from 1,812 to 4,051 last year.

More than half of all electronic vehicles sold in Britain last year (55%) were Nissan LEAFs, with its closest competitor reaching less than half that proportion of the market.

The vehicle, which is being built in Sunderland, was first launched four years ago, with an updated model coming onto the market in the middle of 2013.

A 100% electric commercial vehicle, the Nissan e-NV200, was launched in June last year.

Guillaume Cartier, Nissan Europe senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the surge in sales was partly driven by word of mouth, with 95% of customers saying they would be happy to recommend the vehicle to a friend.

Half of buyers (50%) say they cannot imagine ever going back to a diesel or petrol car, he added.

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