Nissan Canada announces cross-country Drive Electric Tour

- Drive Electric experience gives Canadians opportunity to test drive and learn more about all-electric Nissan LEAF -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) today announced that on September 6th, the all-electric Nissan LEAF begins a cross-Canada tour, allowing Canadians to test drive and learn more about the zero-emission vehicle at Nissan LEAF certified dealers.

The Drive Electric Tour begins in Montreal and ends in Vancouver in late October, stopping at 27 LEAF certified dealers across the country for one or two days each. It is a one-of-a-kind consumer driving experience providing prospective Nissan LEAF owners with the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology and features, and take it for a short test drive.

"There's nothing like driving the Nissan LEAF for the first time because people are always amazed that an all-electric car that produces no emissions, is so quiet, responsive and fun to drive, while at the same time being so functional," said Judy Wheeler, Director of Marketing at Nissan Canada, Inc. "The Drive Electric Tour provides an opportunity for those who are curious about the Nissan LEAF to get behind the wheel and ask experts all about what it means to drive electric."

All 27 EV-certified dealers are participating in the tour and will have three Nissan LEAFs available for test drives as well as one on display. Five kilometre test drives are offered to provide ample seat time to experience the Nissan LEAF in real-world driving situations and product experts will be on hand at the event and will accompany each test drive to answer any questions potential customers have.

In addition to experiencing the car for themselves, consumers can learn about home charging options, the low operating cost and Nissan's CARWINGS telematics system, which enables Nissan LEAF owners to communicate with their car by smart phone.

Test drives are limited and booked in advance at www.nissan.ca/driveelectrictour.

Tour news will also be updated on the Nissan LEAF Canada Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/NissanLEAFCanada.

The Drive Electric Tour will kick off in Montreal, stopping at the following dealers:

Sept 6: Park Avenue Nissan in Brossard
Sept 7 & 8: Boucherville Nissan in Boucherville
Sept 9 : Cité Nissan in Montreal
Sept 10 : Les Galeries Nissan in St-Hyancinthe
Sept 12 : Auto Gouverneur Nissan in Laval
Sept 13 : Nissan Gabriel in Ville d'Anjou Est

The Drive Electric Tour will also visit the following cities:

Quebec
Quebec City: Sep. 15 - 16

Nova Scotia
Halifax: Sep. 19

Ontario
Ottawa: Sep. 23
Toronto: Sep. 27 - Oct 1

Manitoba
Winnipeg: Oct. 6

Alberta
Calgary: Oct. 11
Edmonton: Oct. 13

British Columbia
Vancouver: Oct. 17 - 22 & 29
Victoria: Oct. 25 - 27

To sign up to receive Nissan LEAF updates and learn more about the registration process to purchase a Nissan LEAF visit: www.nissan.ca/leaf.

About the Nissan LEAF

One of the industry's most-discussed vehicles for good reason, Nissan LEAF™ is the world's first mass-marketed all-electric car made for the real-world driving needs of consumers and was recently named the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback with ample cargo space and seating for five adults comfortably. With a range of 160 kilometres (EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge, Nissan LEAF provides 90% of Canadians with the range needed for daily commutes. With a 240 volt home charging dock full charge is achieved in seven hours, and with a Level 3 Quick Charger, 80% charge can be achieved in just 26 minutes.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF generates 107 horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. Because there's no traditional engine, Nissan LEAF is ultra-quiet and for safety reasons a sound had to be added so pedestrians could hear the car coming. In April, Nissan LEAF was awarded a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The instrument panel provides the driver with regular updates on range and driving efficiency, and using a telematics system called CARWINGS, the driver can communicate with the car via a smart phone with the ability to turn on the air conditioning or heat remotely, and manage and monitor charging.

More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.

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About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 171 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

Image with caption: "Nissan Canada announces cross-country Drive Electric Tour (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110902_C8215_PHOTO_EN_2794.jpg

SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information:

Media contacts:
Didier Marsaud 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: (905) 629-6400
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Heather Meehan
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: (647) 259-3268
Email: heather.meehan@cohnwolfe.ca

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