Spy Shots: Dongfeng-Nissan Venucia EV = a Nissan Leaf
Published on March 30, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter
Venucia, Kaichen in Chinese, is a new sub-brand from the Dongfeng-Nissan joint venture. Their fisrt car is the Nissan Tiida-based Venucia D50 which will be listed on the China car market on April 25. Venucia will also make an EV, it will be based on the Nissan Leaf. One new spy shot shows its design is only slightly different than the Leaf, it will hit the market “before 2015”.
Nissan Leaf and Venucia EV compared. The Venucia EV will be made in Dongfeng-Nissan’s Huadu Factory in Guangdong Province. Chinese media reports that the batteries for the Venucia EV will also be made in China to save money and so to make the EV cheaper. The fact that Nissan wants to share the Leaf’s technologies with its Chinese partner shows a great deal of trust and determination to enter the new energy market in China.