Mark Goodier, The Former Top of the Pops Host Gets The Keys To The First Ever British-Built LEAF (Note The "Original" First LEAF In The UK In The Background)
Nissan has delivered the very first British built 2013 Nissan LEAF in the UK.
Who is the recipient of the landmark vehicle? Broadcaster and businessman Mark Goodier, who you might remember (but probably not) as the first person in the UK to receive a LEAF that was made anywhere back in March of 2011, some 8,500 miles ago.
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The first UK LEAF marks the end of Nissan's journey to make the 75 mile (or 124 miles on Europe's dreams and unicorns system) EV a truly globally built platform.
This particular Nissan was built in the LEAF's third electric production facility worldwide, in Sunderland. The British facility joins the newly opened Smyrna, TN plant in the US, along with the original Oppama, Japan base of operations.
Jim Wright, Nissan Great Britain's managing director said of the occasion:
"We are incredibly proud of the new Nissan LEAF and the fact it's built right here in the UK, at our plant in Sunderland. We believe new LEAF is streets ahead of the competition and are confident the array of improvements will make it even more practical than before, resulting in even more people switching to electric motoring.
The fact that Mark, who has been driving the first LEAF for two years, has come back for more is testament to the quality and appeal of the vehicle."
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As for his 'old' ride, Mr. Goodier's historical 2011 LEAF can now be purchased at the same place he picked up his new one, at Glyn Hopkin Nissan in Waltham Abbey.
So if you are in the UK and want to own some history, here is your chance.
Mr. Goodier, who is the former host of the official UK top 40 on BBC Radio One (think Euro-Ryan Seacrest), in a statement through, and possibly crafted by, Nissan said:
"I've loved every moment and every mile in my Nissan LEAF and so when I heard the second generation was on its way I signed up straight away. I have a bit of an obsession with electric cars and I keep up with all the developments. When the LEAF was first launched it was so far ahead of anything else on the market and the new model puts Nissan even further ahead of the competition.
I can't wait to start driving it and discover just what difference the 100 plus improvements Nissan has made to the model will make for me."
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According to Nissan and Mark, the London-based businessman saves around £8,000 a year in congestion charge and parking payments. Additionally, "business buyers can offset the purchase price of EVs against corporation tax and drivers currently pay no Benefit-In-Kind tax when a LEAF is used as a company car."
In Britain the entry level "Visia LEAF" is available from just £20,990 ($31,850 USD), while the LEAF Tekna (think top of the line SL in the US) is available from just £25,490 ($38,700), after accounting for their government's insta-grant of £5,000.
For the more common folk interested in the car in the UK, the British-Built 2013 Nissan LEAF goes on sale on Monday, June 3rd.