11 worst predictions of 2012

Nissan Leaf actually sells
2012 nissan leaf

Car salesmen sell the sizzle, not the steak, so it's understandable why there are thousands of Nissan Leafs gathering dust across U.S. lots. The all-electric, bug-shaped car is the proud vision of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's, who predicted U.S. Leaf sales would double to 20,000 in 2012.

The sales target proved wildly optimistic. In fact, Leaf sales were actually down 16% from 2011 as of October, and even after the Leaf's recent glitzy ad campaign, there's no way Nissan gets even close to Ghosn's sales goal. A Nissan exec came out in December and called the Leaf strategy "a little bit arrogant." You don't say.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 21 2012 07:02 AM ET
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