99,999th global Nissan LEAF sold in Virginia to unlikely buyer
Amy Eichenberger is an architect and project manager at the University of Virginia who oversees major capital investments for the school and a mother of two. At 47 years of age, she wasn't planning on buying a new car anytime soon and was happy commuting in her Mercedes daily.
When a colleague began parking a new Nissan LEAF at the school, she wondered about the new, modern-looking vehicle with its plug-in port. She asked about the car and learned what she could about it and then decided she should go look at one. She went o a local dealership and test drove one. Then she was hooked.
"As an architect, the style first got my attention, and I loved the concept of zero emissions," Amy said. She describes herself as "picky." Quality, safety, a "glide ride" and reliability were at the top of Amy's auto shopping list criteria. "I'd been told once I drove a Mercedes I'd never drive anything else again. I don't need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the LEAF," Amy said.
She then tried some other cars. She tried a VW Jetta TDI, a Toyota Prius, a Honda CRV, and some Subaru products, but always came back to the LEAF. "Everything else seemed stuck in the past," Amy explained.