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Nissan to hit the gas on Leaf sales

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. expects to double sales of its Leaf electric car to full capacity of 40,000 next year, according to a senior executive.

The Japanese car maker’s bullish forecast comes despite slow initial sales of electric vehicles, which have been hit by Japan’s supply-chain problems, and some consumers’ doubts about their price and driving range.

Nissan sold more than 20,000 Leafs, mostly in Japan and the U.S., since the car’s debut last December.

The vehicle’s launch was delayed by a month in the U.S. because of distribution bottlenecks. Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March disrupted supplies of some of the electronic components used in the Leaf, and the plant south of Yokohama that makes the car closed for about three weeks.

Andy Palmer, Nissan’s head of business strategy and corporate planning, told the Financial Times the car’s 2011 sales performance was “slightly behind our expectations.”

However, he added, orders for the car were such that Nissan could double sales to 40,000 next year, when it plans to begin selling the car in more European countries and American states. “That’s our aim: to double that volume, which is basically buffering up against our capacity,” Mr. Palmer said.



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