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Triple Pundit: Nissan Attempts To Make Their Electric Car Mainstream

The auto maker introduces a new marketing campaign for the 'LEAF' in an effort to extend its reach beyond a niche market and into the mainstream.

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Triple Pundit on July 17, 2012.

In the recent surge in electric car launches, one maker stood out, and not in a good way: Nissan. Depending on your perspective, its polar bear ad was either cliche, cringeworthy, touching, or in conflict with your worldview. It took the most overused symbol of climate change and used it to to convey that your use of their LEAF electric car would play a part in addressing global climate change.

Even more off the mark was a billboard add featuring a globe with rainbows and dolphins on it. Even those who are predisposed to like such imagery found the association at best confusing, at worst offensive to their sensibilities. It was offputting to anybody else. Nissan seemed to not have a firm grasp on the wheel of its marketing, and the sales have reflected as much.

Fortunately, rather then continuing to drive the LEAF further into the niche realm with limited sales and a confusing brand image, Nissan is taking a different approach: According to the UK edition of Marketing Week, Nissan is readying to do an extended campaign towards a mass market audience.

(Original article by Paul Smith. Continue reading here.)

Originally published on Triple Pundit, republished with kind permission.

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