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Nissan LEAF reaches 100,000 sales

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Nissan has celebrated 100,000 sales of its Nissan Leaf by decorating one in coins.

Built in the UK, the Nissan LEAF was launched in 2010, and has since become the bestselling electric car worldwide.

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To celebrate the 100,000th sale, Nissan has produced a one-off version of the LEAF, decorated in 50,000 two pence Sterling coins from the UK and 50,000 two cent Euro coins from Europe.

It took a specialist team a full week to prepare the limited edition, which Nissan says is unlikely to go into production as it weighs an extra 504kg compared to a standard LEAF. That’s a third as much again as a standard Leaf. Which will likely reduce the range a bit

Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe, Guillaume Cartier:

“For such a revolutionary car, to achieve this sales milestone in such a short space of time is a major achievement.

“Don’t forget that when Nissan LEAF was launched in 2010, the charging infrastructure was in its infancy. But that didn’t deter the pioneers who immediately appreciated the benefits of a purpose-designed electric vehicle.

“Three years on, many are already on their second Nissan LEAF. With five seats, practical back doors and class-leading boot space volume, the Nissan LEAF is the EV for the real world.”

The celebratory LEAF is on display at Hampshire Nissan dealer, Martins of Winchester, where the actual 100,000th car was sold to “technology freak” and dentist, Brett Garner. He said:

“My wife wasn’t convinced initially but I ran through the finances with her – the low cost of maintenance, insurance, fuel and so on – and she softened a little.

“But when she used the car to make a 500-mile round trip, she was converted. The journey took a little longer than normal with a stop for a quick charge top-up on both legs… now she insists on using the LEAF a couple of days a week.”

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