Unbe-Leaf-able: Nissan Giving Back Almost $10,000 in Cash When You Lease a Leaf

By Trevor Dorchies | December 21, 2012
Thinking about buying a hybrid or all-electric vehicle in the near future? Then you may want to go down your local Nissan dealership because they've got something going on that might interest you. Starting this month and running through January 2, if you lease a Nissan Leaf, you'll get $9,775-reportedly all in cash. You read that right, when you lease a Leaf through Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp, the automaker's finance branch, you'll leave with close to $10,000 in cold hard cash. Nissan's website doesn't yield much information about this sales promotion but it does confirm that this offer is only applicable to those who decide to lease a Leaf. However, we placed a call to a local Nissan dealership and were told that the cash back offer isn't all in cash. The first $7,500 is the usual government tax credit given to those who purchase hybrid or electric vehicles with the remaining $2,275 going into other rebates.  No real reason behind this promotion was given but it's clear that Nissan is looking to clear out all 2012 models before an updated Leaf rolls in for 2013. While this cash back promotion is notable because of the size of the rebate, it's not uncommon for automakers to run these kinds of programs as the year comes to a close. In fact, Nissan has already offered a $5,000 rebate on the 2012 Leaf earlier this year. The 2013 Nissan Leaf is set to debut at the Detroit auto show next month.
As for the 2013 Nissan Leaf, details are still sparse but we're expecting the latest variant to feature a cheaper trim line. This trim hasn't been revealed yet but it's believed that it will sit below the current SV line. We drove the 2012 Nissan Leaf SL earlier this year and came away with mixed feelings. As fellow Associate Editor Jacob Brown reported, "If you live in the middle of the country, it may not yet make sense to buy a Leaf, or an EV in general. But give it a decade for the technology to advance, and we might have a tough time trying to dissuade you from what is likely to be the first serious player in a thoroughly reinvented game."
Those interested in Nissan's current cash back offer for a 2012 Leaf should head over to the local dealership to find out more. Source: Green Car Reports