New-car deliveries might be delayed due to global factors, such as the semi-conductor shortage, but Nissan Australia still has stock of some new models for those needing a fresh set of wheels.
Most car manufacturers are facing about three or four months of delays, frustrating buyers and dealers who say there’s not much they can do to reduce the current wait period.
However, Nissan Australia said it is in a good position to meet buyer needs, despite its current stock levels being down on what they were a year ago.
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The biggest impact on stock is strong dealer demand for Nissan models and a significantly growing bank of vehicles ordered by customers, but there are still some new cars currently unspoken for, according to brand spokesperson Karla Leach.
“Nearly all stock arriving is now fully committed in comparison to 12 months ago,” she said.
“We have good supply of new Navara, Leaf and most X-Trail variants.”
She also said stock of Qashqai and Juke were good “but not all variants or colours are freely available”.
Overall, depending on the stock at each dealership, customers can wait up to three months for an X-Tail or Qashqai, and up to four months for the Navara ute.
These times are based on specific grades and trims, so buyers who may be a bit flexible may be able to get a car a lot quicker, and in some cases, off the floor.
Ms Leach said the Patrol has seen strong demand – as has its rival, the Toyota LandCruiser – with Nissan saying some customers are needing to wait up to four months as most stock arriving has already been sold to customers.
Of note though, the X-Trail, Qashqai and Pathfinder are heading towards the end of their lives, with all-new models expected to come on stream to replace them either later this year or early in 2022.
This could also add to Nissan’s stock shortages as production winds down on its three key SUVs in preparation for the new cars that are expected to offer e-Power hybrid powertrains.
Nissan urged customers to talk with their Nissan dealer to secure confirmed availability to match with their requirements.