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- 2013 Nissan LEAF offers faster charging, enhanced technology, more features

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2013

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This week, Nissan will ramp up
U.S. assembly of the 2013 model year all-electric LEAF at its manufacturing
plant in Smyrna, Tenn., where it will be manufactured alongside the company's
gasoline-powered products.

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The start of Nissan LEAF assembly in Smyrna comes on the heels of the opening
of Nissan's battery plant in an adjacent facility. Nissan is the only
automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle batteries, at the largest
lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the U.S.

"Bringing assembly of the innovative 2013 Nissan LEAF to our award-winning
manufacturing plant speaks to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our
U.S. workforce," said Susan Brennan, Nissan's vice president of manufacturing
in Smyrna. "Nissan has a 30-year history of building quality vehicles in
Smyrna, and just like every vehicle we produce, the LEAF has met or exceeded
every one of our rigorous quality requirements."

Though LEAF is a revolutionary vehicle, its assembly requirements are much
more similar to those of its traditional siblings like the Altima and Maxima
with which it shares a manufacturing line. Adding the electric vehicle to the
Smyrna manufacturing environment required only a few process changes such as
the addition of quality confirmation specifically for electric vehicles and
special training for technicians.

"Process efficiency is a never-ending activity for us. We strive to create new
internal benchmarks in efficiency with each new model. By assembling the LEAF
on our current Altima and Maxima line, we are able to reduce costs by using
existing equipment," Brennan added. For example, while gas-powered vehicles
receive fuel tanks and internal combustion engines when they come down the
line, the Nissan LEAF gets a lithium-ion battery pack made at our battery
plant next door and an electric motor produced at the Nissan powertrain plant
in Decherd, Tenn. "We truly have localized U.S. manufacturing of the LEAF's
major components across the board," she said.

LEAF assembly in Smyrna will contribute to Nissan's goal to manufacture 85
percent of its U.S. sales volume in North America by 2015, and having more
local content will reduce exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency. The
addition of LEAF and battery assembly has resulted in the creation of more
than 300 U.S. manufacturing jobs, a number that can increase with demand.

"The Nissan LEAF has expanded beyond early adopters and is now appealing to a
broad spectrum of consumers." said Brian Carolin, Nissan's senior vice
president of sales and marketing. "Since we launched the LEAF in 2010, we've
learned that people are very attracted to the advanced technology and other
amenities, but they are also looking for a more affordable price point."

The 2013 Nissan LEAF boasts innovative features such as 240V charging that is
nearly twice as fast as the previous model, as well as a broader range of trim
levels starting with the even more affordable S grade, moving up to the SV
model and graduating with the top-of-the-line SL.

After two years on the market, the Nissan has become the global leader in
electric-vehicle sales with about 50,000 LEAFs sold to date, of which 19,500
LEAFs are on the road in the United States.

More information on the 2013 Nissan LEAF's innovative features can be found at

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive
range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in
zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the Americas media sites and

SOURCE Nissan North America

Contact: Travis Parman, Nissan Corporate Communications, +1-615-725-5828,
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