rparry51 wrote:I finally received my 2018 Leaf. My dealer traded for a Leaf with a dealer in Kamloops BC. The car that I ordered, a white SV was not going to be available until at least May and maybe even late June. So when this Red SL came available and I happen to be there to ask where was my car, I jumped at it.
My salesman said he was told the delays are due to greater demand then Nissan expected. He told me Nissan was expecting about 2500 preorders before the start of production and made plans for that. Apparently there were 2500 preorders in Canada with 25,000 in the US. Take it for what you will, but they have been straight with me so far. If those orders are real than there will be a lot of Leaf’s on the road by the end of the year.
I LOVE the car. It is everything I had hoped. I actually prefer the Red colour, it is really classy. Having read just about everything there has been written since the I ordered the car in November, I do not have a problem with any of the complaints that reviewers have mentioned,
The maximum range I have not put to the test, but the range seems to be almost exactly the same as my motorcycle. My guess is the car will out do the bike in town and fall a bit short on the highway.
I will post more as I get more time with the car. It took most of Thursday to arrange the sale and insure the car. I work for the next 4 days so will give it a work out next week.
Hi congrats and that's great you were at the right place at the right time to get your Leaf quicker!
I too am Canadian (outside Toronto, ON) and am waiting for my February 24th ordered SL in Jade Frost. I was told similar ETA's and am in no rush so June would be fine. Yes, I also heard the same about larger then expected pre-orders and higher new sales once commenced.
I would say your numbers are a good representation of the demand for this new Leaf. I've heard Nissan may delivery over 60,000 globally in 2018, which does not sound like a stretch considering they had over 20,000 for 3 months (Oct to Dec) just in Japan and EU in 2017. We will definitely be seeing more on our roads in short order - I've already seen a couple near my local area (Brampton) over the past 2 weeks.
Glad you love the car and I too am looking forward to my first EV. There will always be something to complain about with any car so you have to look at the overall package and experience. I think the 2018 Leaf, even with the 40kWh pack, is still one of the best value for dollar BEVs you can get today.