Monday, December 11

Prime Minister buys used Nissan Micra for his wife



Prime Minister David Cameron has bought a used Nissan Micra costing £1,500 for his wife Samantha to use. Mr Cameron bought the blue, 2004 Micra from a used-car dealer in his constituency, the Witney Used Car Centre in Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire.

As reported in the mail, reported the company’s owner Iain Harris as saying: I got a call on Friday night to say that the Prime Minister was on his way round to look at one of our cars. I thought it was one of my mates, winding me up.

I couldn’t believe it when he turned up. He spent about half an hour looking the car over. He said it had to be something made in the UK. I joked that he wouldn’t want a red car.

According to Mr Harris, the Prime Minister didn’t look at any other cars, and said that he was looking for a runabout for his wife.

Mr Cameron returned to the dealer on Saturday morning and paid for the five-door hatchback in full using a card, before driving off with his security detail following in his wake.

He was pictured shaking hands on the deal with Mr Harris.

Harris said: He said he’d sorted out his insurance, and he drove off, just like that. He was very friendly and down to earth, just like any other bloke buying a car for the wife.

The car is a Mark 3 Micra, which was produced from 2002 to 2010. It is distinguished from other Micras by the headlights being set in the top of the wings, as well as its tall body.

Three- and five-door hatchbacks were the mainstay of the range, although this generation of Micra was also available as a convertible.

It was unveiled at the Paris motor show in October 2002 and went on sale throughout Europe the following year.

As well as a diesel, it was available with 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines.

The Mail reported that Mr Cameron is more used to being driven around in a £200,000 Jaguar XJ that has been extensively modified and armoured to protect against terror attacks.

Mr Cameron appears to have a soft spot for Nissan. He was pictured outside Number 10 Downing Street in a patriotic-liveried Nissan Qashqai in 2011, when the president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co, Carlos Ghosn, announced that workers in Britain would design, engineer and build the next version of the best-selling Nissan Qashqai.