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Canada: Driving RSS Feed A reader asks, Nissan Canada responds

?Vancouver Sun reader John Connelly of Port Coquitlam sent in the following observations and questions about the 2012 Nissan Leaf, which I in turn sent to my contact at Nissan Canada.
The company’s response follows John’s letter.

Hi Andrew
When I first caught wind of the Nissan Leaf a couple of years ago , I thought this vehicle will suit me perfectly as most of my driving is under 100 km per day. I eagerly anticipated the arrival from Nissan while reading articles in magazines, newspapers and online.
I was fully informed of the vehicles` technical attributes by the time a Leaf was available for viewing at the local dealer and paid a visit to the showroom. I liked what I saw until I saw the price and then I was completely put-off by the high price for this sub-compact.
What is Nissan trying to do , recoup their engineering costs in the first year ?
I am an Aircraft Technician and comfortable around systems and mechanisms and their associated parts costs and cannot reconcile the high price of this vehicle especially with the expensive parts they are eliminating that a normal auto with an internal combustion engine contains.
This list, while factual, is not completely comprehensive.
1/ Exhaust manifold , pipes and muffler.
2/ Radiator, water pump , fan, antifreeze and hoses.
3/ Gas tank , fuel pump , filter , fuel quantity sending unit and fuel lines.
4/ Starter and solenoid
5/ Transmission and clutch.
6/ Emission system and devices.
7/ Fuel injection system and components
8/ Electronic ignition system and components.
9/ Oil and filter.
10/ Air intake filter and housing.
11/ Spark plugs and coils.
12/ They are eliminating an expensive and complicated engine with over 750 moving parts for a simple electric motor with 1 moving part.
While I don’t have the prices for these eliminated parts you can be sure they are significant and are important to Nissan.
I cannot , for one minute , entertain the thought that the batteries required to propel this electric vehicle come even close to the significant cost they are saving with the eliminated parts.
This vehicle should be priced in the $15,000 range not near the $40, 000 range.
A Vancouver Sun reader,
John Connelly,
Port Coquitlam , BC
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