JPC2822 wrote:That's great Charlie. I am sure the LEAFs are being delayed to customers in Japan as well!? I would love to hear from Nissan personally. I received a call from Nissan corporate end of November and he said that I would have an update on my LEAF by now, of course I have had no responses or updates since then.
My speculation related to the overall production schedule and allocation by market, not individual orders. And yes, Nissan could send more of the small initial product to Japan than to USA - why not? They are a Japanese company, and there seems to be more support for EVs there than here. Compare some of the glowing statements by Japanese local Government officials on the Japanese LEAF deliveries thread with the Fox news "interview" of gudy.
As far as individual orders go, years ago when I ordered cars because the dealer didn't have what I wanted on the lot, I was told "it will be here in 3-4 months, we'll call when it gets delivered." In fact, even now when I have to order any retail product because the local dealer is out of stock, it works the same way. So I don't see any real difference with what is going on with Nissan. It's just that expectations have been raised by information fields on the Leaf web site dashboard that turn out to be meaningless. If you want to criticize Nissan for contracting out the Web site to incompetents, then I'm right there with you. The Web site is a major embarrassment to Nissan, and they don't seem to be able to get it fixed.
And folks have reported that the GM-volt web information is much better, and I say, great job GM! But that wouldn't be a reason why I would buy a volt vs a Leaf. They are two very different cars that address different needs.
But in the end, the volt buyers aren't going to get their cars sooner, nor are the Leaf buyers going to get their cars later, because of the "communication gap".