The Nissan Leaf in Tokyo Loses Its Roof For Open-Air Look

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Courtesy: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images /

Earlier this week, Nissan showed off an open-air version of the Leaf in Tokyo. But the question remains: does this EV look better with its top on or off?

Since its launch in 2010, 100,000 Nissan Leaf models have been sold in Japan. To celebrate, the Japanese automaker has decided to product a one-off roofless version of the electric car. It is based off of the second-generation Leaf that arrived in the United States earlier this year.

Unlike the convertible Murano, though, Nissan says that there is no current plans to actually produce this open-air Leaf. We imagine that to be a pretty good idea, as having no roof can negatively affect aerodynamics. The open-air version of the Leaf only has two doors too, making it even less practical than before.

This one-off Nissan Leaf definitely caught our attention and that of many viewers and consumers.

Introducing such a unique car is definitely a strategic way to bring about attention to a recent milestone.

Courtesy: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Nissan
Courtesy: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Nissan /

If you didn’t catch the unveiling, which we hadn’t either, the open-air Leaf debuted on a small forum in Tokyo attended by government officials and company executives. They were meeting to discuss the creation of a “zero-emission society” – pretty interesting, yet scary thought.

Since it is not an actual production mode, we cannot vouch for how the open-air version drives.

However, according to MotorTrend, the second-gen Nissan Leaf feels more responsive and quicker than its predecessor.

"“After driving the new model, [MotorTrend] praised the accuracy of its ProPilot system, which helps drivers navigate stop-and-go traffic on the highway. Drivers can travel 150 miles on a charge right now, but soon Nissan will offer a longer-range option that could have 225 miles of range.”"

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What do you think about the “open car” version of the Nissan Leaf. We think it reminds us of the Nissan Murano cabriolet, which we are not too fond of. Hopefully, you may not have to actually ever see it in person. If you’re a fan, though, we definitely want to hear from you below!