21 Apr '12, 12am

Nissan predicts Leaf sales jump, says diesels are unlikely

among automakers looking to crank up some new diesels anytime soon. Instead, the company will continue to push for plug-ins. Nissan is expecting annual U.S. sales of its battery-electric Leaf to jump sixfold between 2011 and 2013 but is downplaying the possibility of selling a diesel-powered vehicle, Car and Driver said, citing company executives. The Japanese automaker, which sold just under 9,700 Leafs last year, may more than double sales to 22,000 units this year and may surpass the 60,000-vehicle mark in 2013, according to Al Castignetti, a Nissan vice president and general manager. Nissan also said it was looking into plug-in hybrid-electric powertrains, but no specifics about timeframe or model were given. As for diesels, Nissan once said (in 2007 ) that it would start selling a diesel-powered Maxima in 2010, but it is no longe likely to pursue that type of powertra...

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