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2017 Nissan Leaf: Bigger Than You Expect

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Seeing that its next generation model is slated to arrive soon, one would expect sales of the current Nissan Leaf to dip dramatically. That hasn’t happened in the US, where it’s currently the fifth best-selling plug-in vehicle, and in Japan, where its sales figures are a lot bigger than one would expect at this point.

Compared to the same month last year, the Leaf’s sales in its home market for February declined by nearly 40 percent or in more specific terms, from 2,819 to 1,711 units. However, that’s because February 2016 was the electric hatch’s best ever sales month since February 2011, thanks to the introduction of its newer 30kWh battery in that market.

That’s a high that the current-gen Leaf would likely not be able to recreate, but that doesn’t mean the quirky compact is going to the woods to die alone. After a string of modest months that made up an unimpressive second half of last year, reaching a low of roughly 500 sales in October, the Leaf is surging to yet another high in the first quarter of this year.

You can check out the Nissan Leaf’s monthly and cumulative sales for Japan in the following chart, courtesy of InsideEVs: