LeftieBiker wrote: RonDawg wrote:
LTLFTcomposite wrote:Great idea but the wrong form factor. Would have done well as a compact crossover... forget about building cars nobody wants, pretty much nobody wants cars period.
I would have argued the same with the Leaf, particularly with the 2018 model, since the trend away from sedans and hatchbacks towards SUV/CUV would have been clear by the time the car was in its design stages.
The goal with the Leaf "2" was to re-use as much of the car - including body parts - as possible, while still claiming it was "new." They wanted price point over any improvements other than range and power. They should be building prototypes for that electric CUV right about now, in typical Nissan "timeliness."
They could have done this without too much of a redesign. Many of the smaller CUVs are already based on small car platforms; for example, the Honda HR-V is based on the Fit. And if they're going to re-skin the car as Nissan did, they could have done with GM did to the Spark:
(Semi)CUV styling, minimal engineering changes. And if that's not "butch" enough for you, witness the Subaru CrossTrek, which is little more than an Impreza hatchback with a jacked up suspension and body cladding:
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar at 34 months/26,435 miles. Lease returned 2 months later. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F.
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL.