Japan's Nissan Motor displays the company's new Nissan LEAF, the next evolution of the zero-emission electric vehicle, during the world premiere in Makuhari, Chiba prefecture on September 6, 2017. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Japanese giant Nissan on Wednesday unveiled a new electric car with an extended range and semi-autonomous driving functions, as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered.The second-generation Nissan Leaf has a potential range of 400 kilometres (250 miles) between charges, compared with 250 kilometres for its previous version.Nissan was an innovator in the sector seven years ago when it unveiled its first Leaf -- which has sold 280,000 units -- but has since had to contend with fierce competition from General Motors and Tesla among others.
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