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Nissan's new Leaf puts reality before romanticism

Automaker learned bitter lesson from experience with original electric car

Nissan's new revamped Leaf electric vehicle

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor's revamped Leaf, its signature fully-electric car, is slated to go on sale in Japan on Monday.

The new model from an automaker that calls itself an electric-car leader has a sales target of 100,000 or so units a year. The number does not sound particularly ambitious, considering that rival Tesla's latest Model 3 attracted 500,000 or so orders.

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