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Nissan has put a stop on all pre-orders of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle after announcing the 20,000-unit target has been reached. Nissan has said that no more orders of the car will be taken until next year.

The company has also received 6000 pre-orders from Japan-based customers, taking the order form quantity to 26,000. Nissan is only planning to produce 10,000 of the zero tail-pipe emission cars from now until March 2011.

Nissan started taking pre-orders for the Leaf in April this year in America and Japan, the Americans even had to pay a US$99 reservation fee for the order. The company is now happy that it has ‘educated’ consumers enough about the car that there is a feasible number committed to purchase.

Speaking of education, Nissan is apparently screening potential customers to make sure their driving style and habits are suited to the Nissan Leaf philosophy. We’re not sure what that means exactly; driver’s who attempt to overtake a slower motorist on the freeway are rejected, perhaps?

Nissan is also addressing ‘first in, best dressed’ priority to those who have made orders, and will sell the first 10,000, to the first 10,000 applicants… so long as they passed the screening test of course.

Nissan has said the Leaf won’t hit the international market until the end of 2011, so we don’t expect it here until then.

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  • JEKYL & HYDE

    screening test…what b.s. …

    • Mythfrances

      You sound like you are afraid you will fail. lol

  • Car Fanatic

    It’s true Jekyl, they do a CAT scan to see if you are brain damaged enough to own one hence why only 20,000 people qualified and most of those are American

    • Hung Low

      Go Camry Lover! Woo Hoo!

    • Shak

      Mate it happens all the time. And the comments really aint derogatory when they are kind of true.

    • geegee

      get over it!!! everybody knows what Americans are like.

  • Hung Low

    I cannot believe that the power socket is the main feature of the front end!
    I just could not see myself in any of these enviro cars, especially after taking my old Cooper S club car for a blast on the weekend!
    Why isn’t the modern economy car as brilliant to drive or as fun as one from 40 years ago?

  • Shak

    I think the screening test is a smart idea. It weeds out those with misconceptions about EV’s, and it makes sure we dont end up hearing about Mr and Mrs jones who attempted a trans-continental crossing of the US only to realise halfway down a Florida highway that this car isnt meant for that. Oh and the cars pretty cool as well.

  • Hung Low

    They screen test to ensure buyers are not also big consumers of vast American take-away food. Excess Flatulence in the Leaf will void all zero emission claims.

  • EuroLegend

    Well I guess saying you prefer the company of a man isn’t derogatory then

  • Lazybones

    I don’t understand Nissan’s thought process here. First they were concerned there wouldn’t be enough pre-orders. Now its stop stop too many. Just get the bloody car out there. The high price will already give the car a slow uptake.

    Whos incharge of the Leafs sales & marketing? BP!