I think Nissan will make a relatively modest profit on the 2013 LEAF if it doesn't have to offer further incentives to bring US sales to over 5,000 a month, as I'm guessing they will at by the end of the 2013 model year.
GM, like all the compliance BEV sellers, will now have to cut prices of the Spark EV further in order to remain competitive, and will lose even more on each sale of these low-volume compliance cars.
And I expect GM will continue to lose money on each Volt it sells, indefinitely.
I'll add my 2013 MY guess for GM sales to the sales number guess I posted for the LEAF last week.
Spark EV: (MY 2014, sales by year end 2013) 3,100.
I agree with others, (2013 LEAF S price) probably just shy of $30k.
But I think there is an outside chance the "S" could be severely de-contented and priced just under $27,500, so that Nissan could advertise it as "starting under $20,000, after tax credit".
You probably won't see many low price "stripper" LEAFs on the dealer's lots anyway, as they will be just as uncommon as the loss-leader "starting at...$ "stripper" ICEVs.
While I'm at it, I'm also guessing the 2013 LEAF EPA range will be ~79 miles, and that the total USA 2013 MY LEAF sales will be ~48,000, ending in ~October, when the nearly-identical 2014 MY will hit the dealerships.
I wondering if they are selling them at a significant lost to get the sales and letting their gas based cars make up the profit difference?http://insideevs.com/nissan-prices-new- ... on-notice/
Nissan took a huge leap forward today in pricing the entry level LEAF at $28,800. That is $6,400 cheaper (about 18% less) than the most inexpensive 2012 model on sale today. With the federal incentive applied, you are talking a very enticing $21,300, and as low as $18,800 in California once their state rebate has been discounted.
Truly, being freed of the pressure from importing the car from Japan (and the yen) has meant a much more affordable car for North America.
Both the mid-grade SV and SL also got significantly cheaper at $31,820 and $34,480 respectively. As a refresher, the old SV trim level came in at $35,200, and $37,250 for the SL, a difference of only $2,050