The design of the new Leaf reminds me very much of the current Honda Fit/Jazz - especially from the rear looking down the car. In fact, when I think about what the Euro Civic used to look like a few generations ago, it could easily be a new Civic, where the real new Civic has become less of a hatchback, and more of a slightly smaller Accord...
As we use the Imiev as a second car (though it does most of our journeys actually), the issue I still have with any sort of 300 mile range aspiration, is that even 300 miles will not fix the charging infrastructure issue - and therefore an ICE is still needed as a back up based on the assurance that fuel will be there when needed. So, until the charging infrastructure is more or less on parity with gas stations, EVs will probably be a number 2 car for most, and that reduces the total range requirement significantly... I would have thought.
2012 I-MIEV Keiko Silver 16K
2010 Insight ES-T 43K
2001 Accord Type-V (F23 manual)
2009 Hornet CB600F