Qashqai club founder takes home newly-launched model

Frankie Hipwell-Larkin with his new Nissan Qashqai Premier Limited Edition.

A Hampshire man who founded the Qashqai Club  – an independent online community for fans of Nissan’s record-breaking crossover – has taken delivery of a landmark example of the newly-launched model.

Frankie Hipwell-Larkin, of Denmead, collected the keys to number 0001 of 2007 limited edition Qashqai Premier Limited Edition models from local dealer, WKB Nissan, in Waterlooville.

The 46 year-old company director placed his order for the stunning limited edition model – available exclusively to owners of the first generation car – within hours of all-new Qashqai’s official global unveiling in London in November, walking into the Elettra Avenue dealership to place his deposit.

Frankie beamed: “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.”

He added: “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.”

Gary Harmar, Dealer Principal at WKB Nissan, was delighted his dealership was able to play a part in the next chapter of the Qashqai – a true British success story.

He said: “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.”

Based on the range-topping Tekna model, the Qashqai Premier Limited Edition showcases Nissan’s passion for accessible technology and bold design.

Equipment unique to the Premier Limited Edition includes special part leather and Alcantara trim, a dark roof liner, custom dark carpets, chrome side door sills, front lip and tailgate lower finisher and special Premier-branded kick plates.

The all-new new Qashqai range is available to pre-order now with prices starting from £17,595.

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