One of the conditions of Lance Armstrong’s endorsement contract with Nissan was that the seven-time Tour de France winner would receive the first LEAF delivered to consumers in the United States.The occasion occurred Sept. 29 when Armstrong’s new wheels were delivered to the cyclist in Austin, Texas.
Armstrong, who has made two commercials for Nissan, a vehicle supplier to the cyclist’s cycling team, RadioShack, announced the delivery to his more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter via the following image.
Nissan recently announced it’s no longer taking reservations in the U.S. for 2011 Leaf. The company had planned to keep its $99 reservation program open until December, but reservations for the 20,000 quota of cars was reached three months early.
The general public is expected to begin receiving the LEAF in about three months.
Article Last Updated: September 29, 2010.
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