The handing over ceremony of 4,200 Nissan Leaf cars to the Rio 2016 organizing committee took place at Sambódromo. A symbolic key was handed over by Francois Dossa, Head of Nissan’s Brazilian operations to former basketball player Hortencia Marcari in the presence of Sidney Levy, Rio 2016 Organizing Committee’s General Director.
These 4,200 Nissan cars includes a fleet of Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle along with the new Nissan Kicks SUV, Nissan March, Versa, Sentra, Altima and midsized Frontier truck. All these cars will be used for transporting athletes during the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Among models to be used for the events will also be over 200 first of its kind Nissan Kicks SUVs. Nissan Kicks is yet to be launched. It has been designed and developed to represent the varied and vibrant culture, styles and colors of Brazil and is the official vehicle for 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games. Nissan Kicks will be seen at the Olympic Games first, even before it makes its way into company showrooms across Brazil in early August.
To be used as transport vehicles for athletes, members of the delegation and guests, Nissan cars will be driven by volunteers selected by the Organizing Committee.
High on comfort, Nissan vehicles offer low carbon emissions and are the best where energy efficiency is concerned. As official sponsors of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nissan is also sponsoring a number of events such as Torch Relays and the Brazilian Olympic Team while a large number of athletes are from Team Nissan formed by 31 Brazilian athletes and para-athletes.