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Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:39 pm

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“Now we are aiming for a bigger number of customers, and they are not looking for as much 'EVness,'” Nakamura explained. “Some people say [of the current car], oh, this is too unique...we are covering a much broader range of people now.”
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Nakamura said that to expand the Leaf's appeal to more of a EV-adopting mainstream market, it requires designing a nice-looking car, then adding more 'spice' in the design for the people who want it—rather than starting with specific design traits that call it out as an EV.

This doesn't necessarily mean becoming more conservative, the design chief said. Instead, it will be a very stable, nicely-proportioned car first, with special lamps, gauges, or trim that accent the 'EVness'—but only for those who want it.

“But the base model will stay a base," Nakamura explained. "Because some people are just looking for basic transportation—nothing extra—and some people want to have an EV simply as a unique, innovative car."

“It's going to be very nice looking—we're already starting on the redesign,” he added.
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:11 pm

Opinion: If it doesn't look like a Lamborghini then it won't be very nice looking, it'll just be a car. Care more about being aerodynamic and spacious.
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:34 pm

I think we should look at recent concept cars to get an idea of how Leaf 2 will look.

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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:08 pm

Nissan needs to worry much more about its Leaf battery (size and chemistry) than "nice looking" new Leaf design.

I certainly hope it keeps Ghosn up at night as weeks tick away for Model III to make a splash.
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:21 pm

That first concept car would be fine, if it had a real cabin with normal height windows. The second one is better as-is.
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:43 pm

Another possible look for the Leaf 2 is the Renault Eolab concept car:

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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:47 pm

Is that a 4 door or a 2 door (or 3 !) ?
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:01 pm

Four, counting hatch. It kind of looks like a Velostar rammed a Civic from behind...
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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:02 pm

It looks to be a 3 door hatch. It is very low drag: base Cd is 0.235, and it has 3 active elements that lower the Cd to 0.227. It is also light weight, in its plugin hybrid form.

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Re: Leaf 2 is going to be very nice looking : Nakamura

Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:17 pm

Oh yes - supposed to be XL1 competitor.

Considering it is a sub-compact - it would be smaller than Leaf.

The important thing about Leaf would be that it would have to be a somewhat high car - to have enough space at the bottom for the batteries. That makes it difficult to get good cd - unless we are talking about a land barge sized car like Model S.

Infact, I think this emphasis on aero is all "wrong" (though mostly for conversions, not Leaf). It is better to get a car that has plenty of space for batteries and enough left over for cargo. In that sense, Kia chose a better car to convert than Ford.
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