A British Dentist from Fareham is the owner of the 100,000th Nissan Leaf to be produced. Dr Brett Garner and his wife bought the car after testing it fit his needs, including a 500 mile long distance trip in a borrowed Leaf.
The Leaf has been racking up all sorts of accolades and awards since it started production in 2010 from the 2010 Green Car Vision Award to the 2011 European Car of the Year and the 2011 World Car of the Year. The Leaf now has a 45% market share and is the best selling electrically powered car.
Dr Garner said, “I have chosen my Nissan LEAF because I am very interested in its running costs. The cost of ownership such as maintenance, insurance and charging also convinced my wife. She had the experience of driving 500 miles in a borrowed LEAF and the low cost was remarkable. So she was converted and insisted that we had a LEAF.
“The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it. It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration. Above all, it is a fun to drive car!”
The Leaf has hit the 100,000 sale mark at just after three years into its production. To put this into context the Toyota Prius was at 76,600 sales at roughly the same point and didn’t hit the 100k mark until well into its fourth year of its global sales (add three more years to that if you want to count from when it first went into production).
The Leaf has come a long way in the just over three years since it went on sale. To begin with all cars were built in Oppama in Japan and then shipped to where they were needed. Now the Leaf is also built in Smyrna, Tennessee and in Sunderland in the UK. This allows Nissan to respond to the needs and demands of perticular markets – in fact, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn recently said that production of the US-built Leaf will double in 2014.
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