The new Nissan Leaf will go on sale in seven markets in Asia and Oceania including Thailand this year, making Nissan a major electric vehicle (EV) seller in this region.
Nissan announced that it will launch the model in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The company is also exploring introducing the zero-emission car in other markets in the region, including Indonesia and the Philippines.
Nissan regional senior vice president Yutaka Sanada said the company is working to bring the new generation of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle to as many markets as possible.
“The new Nissan Leaf is the most advanced, yet accessible 100 per cent electric vehicle on the planet,” Sanada said. “This ingenuous car will make you feel more confident, more excited, more connected than any other mainstream electric vehicle.
“The launch in so many markets shows our commitment to playing a leading role in electrification in this dynamic region, and to delivering the future of mobility to the region now.”
The announcement was made at Nissan Futures, a gathering in Singapore of industry leaders, government officials and media from across Asia and Oceania. The three-day event is bringing together influential speakers to discuss how to create a sustainable future through vehicle electrification, and how to make advanced driving technologies more accessible, under the theme “The Future of Mobility – Electrification and Beyond.”
Strong underlying demand suggests that the market for electric vehicles has the potential to grow exponentially in Southeast Asia, according to research released by Frost & Sullivan.
Nissan has sold more than 300,000 Leafs globally since the model first went on sale in 2010.