Sao Paulo, Brazil – What can be considered as a step towards the creation of an autonomous mass-production tool, Nissan he recently presented Nissan Leaf, the second generation of a 100% electric vehicle in Latin America. During the event, which took place at the Motor Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, it was announced that it will be available in Puerto Rico in the first quarter of 2019.
As it was first released in 2010, the model has become the world's best-selling electric car and sold 365,000 units, according to the company's estimates. To date, Leaf has been sold in 51 countries and will now include seven Americas in Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica.
"The vehicle is far superior to the previous generation. Although the First Leaf has given us a good legacy, the truth is that the driving distance to 380 kilometers is a new level. In addition, among others, the 'pro pilot' Dı We have new technologies for autonomy, such as the park assistant system, "says José Luis Valls, head of Nissan Latin America. The driving range was too short and too expensive because of the long loading time. Instead, driving dynamics are now more attractive, they spend less time to install and are more accessible at price. "
In the case of Puerto Rico, Nissan executives think that there is a market already mature for more electric vehicles on the street, so vehicles have high expectations when they are launched at the beginning of 2019.
"There are three aspects of Puerto Rico: First, an American market that knows the previous Leaf. On the other hand, it has a much stronger load infrastructure, and ultimately the government is easier to work with regulatory issues and infrastructure. Although there are issues such as the hurricane Maria and the economic problems of the country, I now think that there is a strong recovery, "Valls explained.
. The fact is, we see great potential on the New Leaf Island and our representatives in Puerto Rico, Motorambar, tell us, so I see the island as one of the markets in Latin America and added the biggest growth in sales.
In general, the island market has become an extremely important market for Japanese companies. "We are very happy with the sales in Puerto Rico. For us, the market on the island is very important. For more than 50 years, we have been our strategic partner, Motorambar, which is our very best representative in Puerto Rico. That's why we are very glad, "added Guy Rodriguez, Nissan's Latin American Sales and Marketing Vice President. "We are working to have the best technology and tools, but our customers are our distributors who represent the brand and build a network capable of offering the best products, but with high customer satisfaction." .
One more step
One of the clear goals Nissan has achieved over the past decade has been the sale of a self-propelled vehicle, starting from 2020. Accordingly, the company remains committed to the development of new technologies to fulfill its promise in less time. The new Leaf is an example of the progress that Nissan has made in this line with all its new technology. However, there are a number of challenges that the company must face before putting it into such a vehicle.
Dır One of the major challenges is the speed at which legislation is changing in Latin America and the rest of the world. At present, you can see how the various cities of the world such as Las Vegas and San Francisco in the United States have changed. But it is not the rest of the world, Ama he said.
Olm The other major challenge is that in some countries, the style of driving is consistent with the rules of living together. In Latin America, for example, drivers tend to be much more aggressive, so it is important that people have a slight change in their driving style. The key is how the vehicle can connect to the community in which it works to make the most of the benefits that autonomous vehicles can offer. This includes reducing traffic on the roads and the number of accidents between vehicles. ".