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In California, High Gas Prices and Incentives for Fuel-Efficient Cars Go Hand in Hand

Nissan Leaf, driven during a conference on alternative transportation in Santa Monica, Calif., in Sept. 2011.

¶SAN FRANCISCO — With a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline flirting with $5 through much of California, many people might expect a reprise of 2008, when the state joined much of the country in turning away from gas guzzlers and toward compact cars and hybrids. But according to some dealers around the Bay Area, though gas prices are pushing consumers toward the greener sections of their showrooms, a number of incentives are doing their part, too.

¶This month, Nissan began an incentive program in California that provided dealers with $4,500 to use at their discretion to move the purely electric Leaf off their lots. This enticement, along with high gas prices, has generated uncommon interest in the E.V., according to James Livesay, a sales manager at Nissan Sunnyvale.

¶“We’ve definitely seen an uptick, but I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent because of the gas prices,” Mr. Livesay said. “A lot of it has to do with the incentives on the vehicle, but the gas prices don’t hurt.” Mr. Livesay said the dealership sold 10 Leafs last weekend, compared with 24 in all of September.

¶The Leaf is already eligible for a maximum $7,500 federal tax credit and a $2,500 state rebate, making the potential savings with the manufacturer’s incentive substantial.

¶At Northbay Nissan in Petaluma, Ron Coury, the director of e-commerce, said customers were expressing more interest in the Leaf in recent weeks. “Normally, I would get one or two calls a week about the Leaf. Now it’s five a day,” he said. He appreciated the dealer incentive offered in California, allowing him to lower the sticker price of the car, but he did not discount the effect of prices at the pump, which reached a statewide average of $4.66 last Sunday.
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