The Leaf will hit the streets in December of 2010. The Aptera will hit the streets in (insert Karnac Guess here). I'll take real-in-my-garage looks over may-never-see-the-light-of-day looks any day!sparky wrote: My teenage kid has seen both the Aptera and the Leaf up close; "The Leaf is interesting but not nearly as cool looking".
Exactly.sparky wrote:When I saw it in person, the "fish" look didn't really present itself. What did stand out, from certain angles, were the headlight lenses; really bulbous to the point of disfiguring.
Personally, based on all the photos I don't really care for the catfish appearance, but I kinda like the bulbous headlights. Regardless, the interior looks quite nice. I've never seen it in person though, and I'm sure it looks different in person.sparky wrote:When I saw it in person, the "fish" look didn't really present itself. What did stand out, from certain angles, were the headlight lenses; really bulbous to the point of disfiguring. According to the rep at the event, that shape was to reduce the drag of the side-mirrors. Wish they'd publish the Cd and CdA.
Hadn't seen that. Interesting. Wonder if that is correct - Versa has a CD of 0.29. May be they just used that ?johnr wrote: As for the Cd, we do know the Leaf's drag coefficient: 0.29 Cd. Source: http://www.sae.org/mags/aei/vehic/7714
Could be. This was the only place I found mention of the Leaf's Cd. Haven't seen any official spec on that.evnow wrote:Hadn't seen that. Interesting. Wonder if that is correct - Versa has a CD of 0.29. May be they just used that ?
The first time I saw a photo of the Leaf, I thought "catfish!", and it bothered me more at first, but now it's starting to grow on me. You know, form follows function - and some other car designs are based on fish. I still haven't grown to like the way the rear lights are arranged, it looks too retro. The design is definitely unique, which is a plus as long as it's not ugly - and people are saying it looks better in person.evnow wrote:Problem with Leaf is that it is being catfishish (!) without being futuristic. I'd have preferred a more whacky design. I'm bored with the generic sedan/hatchback look.