The 2013 Nissan Leaf is Another IIHS Top Safety Pick for Nissan

2013 Nissan Leaf IIHS "Top Safety Pick"Proving that electric vehicle drivers don’t need to sacrifice convenience OR safety, the 2013 Nissan Leaf has just been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to earn this honor, vehicles must undergo rigorous crash testing and prove that their construction, restraint systems, and safety systems are top notch and able to maximize occupant safety.

Features like the Leaf’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental airbags, child seat upper tether and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), and Vehicle Dynamic & Traction Control Systems are all standard and provide maximum protection for all passengers.

Achieving the Institute’s highest ranking of “Good” in Moderate Front Overlap, Side Impact, Roof Strength, and Rear (Dynamic & Seat/Head Restraint Geometry) Crash tests, the 2013 Leaf has all the angels covered… literally.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”

Stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out our inventory of Nissan Leaf EVs and other Top Safety Pick vehicles like the Altima.

2013 Nissan LEAF Better Than Ever

2013 Nissan LeafFor the 2013 model year, Nissan has worked to create an even better and more drivable EV. The 2013 Nissan LEAF features a new, base-level, S-trim, refined electronics, improved charging and battery life, and new technology. Offering better features than ever before, the 2013 LEAF would be a great option for drivers who want the satisfaction of never paying for gasoline again, but are concerned about EV range or comfort.

The new LEAF lineup for 2013 now consists of three, unique, trim levels. The LEAF SV and LEAF SL carry over from last year, with a few upgrades and improvements, and the new LEAF S provides buyers with a lower cost entry point into the world of gasoline-free driving.

Standard features, included even on the LEAF S, consist of 6-way manual adjustable driver’s and 4-way manual adjustable passenger’s seats; full, power windows with driver’s side “one-touch” automatic function; power locks with auto-lock function; a trip computer featuring driving time, range, outside temperature, instant energy consumption, and average energy consumption; center console with a storage bin; automatic climate control; a 3.6 kW charger; variable intermittent wipers; and 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.

2013 Nissan LEAFThe SV trim level adds some great technology and convenience features. A 7-inch color LCD screen displays CARWINGS telematics and the Nissan Navigation system, Pandora for iPhone, and more. A quicker charging, 6.6kW charger is included and a more efficient, hybrid heating system helps reduce the draw on batteries. Aluminum-alloy rims, a 6-speaker audio system, partially recycled seating, cruise control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror make the ride a bit more stylish and enjoyable. B-Mode driving is also added; increasing the aggressiveness of regenerative braking for increased range.

2013 Nissan LeafFinally, the SL trim level tops off the lineup with some great luxury features and even more energy-saving technology. This trim level adds auto on/off LED headlights, which use about half of the energy compared to traditional Halogen lighting, and fog lights. HomeLink and leather seats increase comfort and convenience on the inside while 17-inch Aluminum-alloy wheels help with styling. A quick-charge port is available along with a spoiler mounted solar panel to help with charging.

Be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton for more information about the latest EV from Nissan. One final feature of the 2013 LEAF is the option to add packages to any trim level for a personalized experience.

2013 Nissan Leaf to Use less Rare-Earth Metal

2012 Nissan Leaf EVThe Nissan Leaf, the company’s most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicle, is about to get even more “green” for the 2013 model year. The EV is continually under scrutiny from the engineers at Nissan and for the coming year, a new process has been developed that allows for the use of a much smaller amount of dysprosium, a rare-earth metal that is notoriously difficult to extract from mines.

The process, named grain boundary diffusion, is much more effective than previous methods of applying dysprosium to the magnets in the Nissan Leafs electric motor. The main purpose of this metal coating is to help keep temperatures down in the extremely high revving motor and to prevent long term wear and tear of the magnets. The new process allows for a much smaller quantity of this metal to be used in order to achieve the same results. While this is great news for the EV from Nissan, it is also good news for other, internal combustion engine, vehicles that also use dysprosium and for the drivers who buy these vehicles. As the metal is quite costly, using less of it allows for a lower cost of production and in turn a better vehicle for a lower price.

New Nissan Leaf Global Ad

Ever wonder what it would be like if your everyday car was an electric car? If so, you are in luck, because Nissan has just put out a commercial that shows just what that would be like. The Nissan Leaf was the first ever production electric car for the mass-market and continues to be on the leading edge of the EV world. This commercial highlights features like the ability to check the status of your car from a smartphone and even start the HVAC remotely. Driving with zero emissions and without ever paying for gas are also some benefits of EVs. Watch the commercial below to see all the benefits of driving an EV.