2013 Nissan Leaf now being built in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The 2013 Nissan Leaf is now being produced in Tennessee.

Nissan announced in a news release on Wednesday that production of the all-electric car had begun in Smyrna, next door to the company's lithium-ion automotive battery plant.

The new Leaf features faster charging and what will likely be an extended driving range, although that will be determined by Environmental Protection Agency testing.

In addition, 2013 will see a new lower priced entry-level Leaf S grade. Meanwhile, the SL grade will see enhancements like leather-appointed seating and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

Nissan Division Vice President and General Manager Al Castignetti said in a news release that the "refinements and enhancements for 2013 hit at the core of customer requests during Leaf's first two years."


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