Nissan Aus is supposedly contacting all orders, not just Protos. Rumour also has it if you have more than one order in the system, you will only be offered one carI guess the cynical part of me would say sure as a dealer, we'll take your early down-payment, and make up a "contract" for a vehicle that doesn't yet exist in the system, and send it to Nissan ... whatever they will do with it. That would seem to me still kind of vapor, and contingent on some gentlemen's agreement between the parties.
But yeah at this point, maybe things have gotten more solid? The "Nissan contacting AU customers directly" thing for Proto versions sounds interesting. That could go some ways to locking things down and avoiding some dealer hijinks.
Ford tried an early "reservation" system with the Bronco. Which I predicted would bomb out, and to a large extent it did. That was due to the realities of the manufacturer/dealer regulations, including allocations. But maybe in AU the regulations are different, and Nissan can have a more direct and meaningful interaction with a customer.
Dealers will be made to keep their demos for nine months so they can’t upsell them either…well I suppose they could, but then they wouldn’t be offered another demo for 9months which would probably cost far more than they would make by selling one as people like to try before they buy
As I said pre orders officially opened in Sept, but they were still being ordered the same way as those ordered even earlier…that being ordered as 370Zs it’s only this last week or two that it changed from 370z to Z in the computer systems…however Nissan Aus did ask all dealers to double check ALL orders were correct around two months ago now.
It’s been a very strange roll out, and I get why people are sceptical…but again all I can say is despite ordering through my dealer earlier than pre orders, and people then ordering through the system but with the same dealer…my order is still the first non Proto order in their system, and this was confirmed last Friday.
I suppose it’s like the Canadian guys who got in before it officially opened there