West Way Nissan Stockport and Bristol Street Motors Halifax have completed the first handovers to UK customers of the Japanese automaker’s new Ariya electric vehicle.

The long-awaited arrival of the zero-emissions sequel to the big Leaf sale comes as the brand implements a network restructuring that will reduce its UK franchised retail network from around 166 to 140 locations.

Nissan’s new era of electric vehicles began in the UK when West Way Nissan Stockport customer Christy Ashe picked up her 63kwh Nissan Ariya Advance in Aurora Green, while Bristol Street Motors Halifax customers Anna and Gerry Murphy have ordered a similar car.

West Way New Car Sales Manager Ben Gellatly said: “There was huge excitement around the handover and the customer is actually one of our master technicians.

“A current Nissan Leaf driver, had a look at Ariya on our launch day in May and decided to get one. Who better to defend the car? He is over the moon and will be happy to tell everyone how awesome it is.

“Of course, we were delighted to provide Christy with her new car and wish her many years of motoring enjoyment. ARIYA is a truly stunning vehicle and we are excited to start filling customer orders.

Deliveries of the Ariya began less than four months after Nissan denied speculation that the car’s UK launch would be delayed due to supply issues.

West Way Stockport, meanwhile, is one of 13 OEM-owned sites sold by Nissan.

While other West Way sites have secured named buyers, no group has yet been linked to the purchase of the Stockport site.

At Vertu Motors’ Bristol Street Motors dealership in Halifax, new and used car sales manager Kristian Spear said the company was “pleased and honoured” to help loyal customers Anna and Gerry take their first steps into the world of electric vehicles.

Satisfied customer, Anna said, “I have to say the dealership team was great. They themselves were super excited about the car and their enthusiasm was truly inspiring.

Nissan Ariya prices start at £43,845 and the new EV SUV is capable of delivering a range of up to 329 miles.

However, in a recent AM magazine news article, some Nissan retailers revealed their sales of the car would be short-lived after it received two-year termination notices, with little or no notice, under a restructuring of the retail network. described as “the cloak and the dagger”.

In response to AM’s reports, Nissan GB said it had taken “every possible step” to engage affected retailers in an “open, frank and personal” manner.

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