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A new LEAF sprouts at the RuCo Nissan plant


SMYRNA, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  Workers at the Nissan plant in Smyrna are now turning out a new model of the all-electric LEAF vehicle.

Nissan says the 2018 model LEAF sports 37 percent more horsepower, 27 percent more torque, and a more efficient battery that allows 150 miles of travel on a single charge.

LEAF Chief Marketing Officer Janelle Williams says this latest model also introduces some new Nissan technology, including single-pedal operation.

“Once you lift your foot off of the accelerator the car begins to stop. Now there’s still two pedals in the car, but it does allow for one-pedal operation that can account for over 90 percent of your driving needs.”

Williams also says the LEAF is moving ever closer to being an autonomous vehicle. This new model includes what the company is calling “Pro-pilot Assist.”

“The all new LEAF will allow you to maintain a safe distance while keeping the vehicle centered in the lane. And then, while in stop-and-go traffic if you come to a complete stop and resume without any intervention from the driver.”

Reviewers for Motor Trend and Car and Driver give solid if not glowing marks to the 2018 LEAF for its new styling, handling, acceleration, and lower price. The 2018 LEAF sells for just under $31,000, about $600 less than previous models.

Workers at the Smyrna Nissan plant have been building the LEAF since 2001. You can get a look at this latest model to roll off their assembly line at Nissanusa.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nissan is a WMOT supporter and recently donated a LEAF to the station.