The meeting wasn't a ruse to show the 2013 car- Tim G just thought it would be cool for you guys to get to check it out, and even better if it was a little before the "official" spec announcement (which has long been planned to happen before Detroit; it wasn't "pulled up" b/c of this event). Some of you know Tim and that this is the sort of thing he likes to do- same w him pressing to do the driver events in NorCal on Saturday. As it was, I know some journalists gave them a hard time about it, but they thought it was a nice thing to do for the drivers.leafkabob wrote:Whether they intended for it play out like this or not, it appears to have done so. It seems to me that even within this thread a larger percentage of posts are about the 2013 specs, rather than the primary focus of the Town Hall meeting.mwalsh wrote: Call me an old skeptic. But while meeting with Phoenix owners and listening to their concerns may have been on the agenda, I think the primary reason for the event was to release details of the 2013 LEAF. No coincidence, methinks, that it was decided to advance release to the press too, a couple of weeks ahead of scheduled. Reason? Well just check the web - gazillions of posts about the 2013 specs and just 2 (that I've found) about the meeting with Phoenix owners (which would have been a big-deal normally). Well played, Nissan.
However, I think the fact that so many posts are about the 2013 vs the meeting is because there wasn't a lot of "new" info in the meeting. The value was more in the direct conversation and having them hear your concerns. I do think many now understand that the Nissan folks are more sincere than they thought, but I suspect that in terms of actual info, Nissan learned more than many of the drivers. And I'm not sure that's a bad thing.