Nissan Leaf: First Electrical Car

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In December of 2010, the world’s first, entirely electric vehicle was introduced to the car industry and Nissan was responsible for launching this innovative car known as the Nissan Leaf (“Nissan Product Information”). According to business reporter Michael Strong, Nissan Motor Company’s CEO Carlos Ghosn previously set a goal of selling 1.5 million electric vehicles by the year 2016. However, in 2013, Ghosn announced that it is very likely that Nissan will not reach this goal. He believes this may be achieved four or five years later than expected. Ghosn and Nissan Motor Corporation have evaluated the weaknesses of the Nissan Leaf and have discovered the contributing factors in the surprisingly low sales (Strong). In this commentary, it will become evident if Nissan has made effective improvements to pick up sales of this innovative vehicle that could result in the future of cars all around the world. The reasons for their underperformance will be evaluated and their ability to make the necessary changes to improve sales will be evaluated. A SWOT analysis has been set up to analyze the Nissan Leaf, its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This will show if Nissan has made the necessary changes to better their sales of the Nissan Leaf.

Findings and Analysis

Nissan was the first company to introduce a 100 percent electric car that produces zero emission and they had great hopes for this vehicle (“Nissan Product Information”). According to Michael Strong, the company believed that this car would be the future of transportation and that it would soon be responsible for 10 percent of all new vehicle sales. However, after 3 years on the market, Nissan’s CEO Ghosn admitted that the Nissan Leaf is only accountable for 4...

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...egic alliances with automakers in Japan and in the United States to help fund these charging stations. With a further development of infrastructure, the Nissan Leaf and other electric vehicles will become the future of transportation. Although sales are not what Nissan had expected, with a few changes, Nissan could meet those objectives in the near future. Nissan has very effectively acknowledged the weaknesses and potential threats facing the Nissan Leaf and made valuable changes that will benefit their company in the long run. They have also effectively recognized the strengths and opportunities of the Nissan Leaf available and have taken a competitive advantage over their rising competitors. Nissan has adequately applied a number of changes that will ultimately result in an increase in sales of electric vehicles all over the world, especially the Nissan Leaf.

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