West Way Nissan Stockport and Bristol Street Motors Halifax have completed the UK’s first customer handovers of the Japanese carmaker’s new Ariya electric vehicle (EV).
The arrival of the long-awaited zero-emissions follow-up to the big-selling Leaf comes as the brand implements a restructure of its network which will reduce its UK franchised retail network from around 166 to 140 sites.
Nissan’s new EV era began in the UK when West Way Nissan Stockport customer Christy Ashe picked up his Nissan Ariya 63kwh Advance in Aurora Green, while Bristol Street Motors Halifax customers Anna and Gerry Murphy ordered a similarly specified car.
West Way new car sales manager Ben Gellatly said: “There was a huge amount of excitement surrounding the handover and the customer is actually one of our master technicians.
“A current Nissan Leaf driver, he took one look at Ariya on our launch day in May and decided to have one. Who better to be an advocate for the car? He is over the moon and will happily tell anyone how great it is.
“Of course, we were delighted to supply Christy with…