Nissan Motor Co.’s Ariya, the new electric SUV, will be delayed due to a coronavirus pandemic and a global chip shortage, a senior automotive official said on Friday.
Nissan announced last year that it plans to start selling Ariya in Japan from mid-2021 onwards. Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino said the expansion of the Japanese limited model has been pushed “this winter”.
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“Sales in the U.S. and Europe will usually be two months later,” Hoshino said. He said the model is expected to sell about ten thousand in the first year of sales, with the highest demand in Europe.
“I think in Europe (Ariya) will of course (in general) help with unit sales,” Hoshino said when asked what the model’s meaning is for the automotive industry.
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Ariya is Nissan’s first new vehicle in almost a decade after the Leaf hatchback, which made its mark as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle. The electric SUV will also be sold in China but no specific timeline has been set yet.
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