It often pays to be a bit quick off the mark, as Frankie Hipwell-Larkin from Hampshire discovered as he found himself the owner of a stunning limited edition Nissan Qashqai – but not just any limited edition Qashqai: Number 1 in the run!
Mr Hipwell-Larkin is the founder of an independent online community for fans of the Nissan Qashqai called the Qashqai Club, and he was delighted to be picking up the keys to number 0001 of 2007 limited edition Qashqai Premier Limited Edition models from his local Nissan dealer in Waterlooville.
“I launched the Qashqai Club to provide a forum for owners to get together, chat and share information and it’s really clear to see that Nissan really listened to our 7,500 members when developing the new Qashqai. That’s terrific,” said Frankie, a 46 year-old company director.
He had spotted that Nissan were making available the stunning limited edition model of the new Qashqai just hours after the all-new Qashqai had been unveiled in London back in November last year, and as the owner of a first generation Qashqai, he was eligible to place an order – so he did so straight away!
And the result of his prompt action can be seen here in the photos with the delivery of the very first Premier Limited Edition model to roll off the production line at Nissan’s Sunderland factory; Pearl Black in colour and powered by a 1.6 dCi engine featuring Nissan's advanced ALL-MODE 4x4-i system as standard.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said a clearly very happy Frankie. “I’ve been looking forward to the launch of the new model for a long time and now it’s here, and I’m able to drive it away, it’s fantastic. Knowing my model is number one of 2007 makes it extra special and is a nice bit of added kudos.”
Gary Harmar, Dealer Principal at WKB Nissan, the dealer that Frankie ordered from, was delighted to be a part of a little bit of history: “The new Qashqai is a fantastic car and we’ve been inundated with interest but it’s a real source of pride to be able to present the first Qashqai Premier Limited Edition model to one of our customers. Frankie has been a very valuable customer of ours for a long time now and I’m sure he’ll absolutely love his new car.”
The Qashqai Premier Limited Edition is based on the range-topping Tekna model, and features everything that you would expects from the new Qashqai – and a little bit more.
Exclusive to the look and interior feel of the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition is special part leather and Alcantara trim, a dark roof liner, custom dark carpets, chrome side door sills, front lip and tailgate lower finisher, special Premier-branded kick plates, stone coloured seats, black carpet and black headliner and a personalised numbered badge. From the outside there’s the 19” alloy wheels and sector-first Bi-LED headlamps and roof rails, along with a panoramic glass roof.
And then with technology there’s the Tekna's extensive array of design and technology features as standard that includes heated front seats, the new NissanConnect entertainment and navigation system, and Nissan's advanced Safety Shield system that comprises of Front Collision Avoidance, Driver Attention Support, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and High Beam Assist.
All part of the new Qashqai: re-designed, re-thought, re-engineered and re-imagined.