Nissan is enjoying a thriving relationship with the Isle of Man Government. Since 1999 Nissan has supplied 83 vehicles for use by a wide range of Government departments and utilities, and is about to deliver the island’s newest recruit, a Double Cab Pickup for use by the Coastguard’s coastal search teams.
Keith Lowney, Department of Transport, Transport and Plant Manager, said: "We have an excellent relationship with Nissan. All the vehicles are reliable and good value for money, and are ideally suited to the needs of this small island."
Nissan’s rugged 4x4 Pickups and Terranos form the bulk of the fleet. They’ve been put into service across the island, from coastal areas to forests and from urban streets to the airport runways.
They transport forestry workers and their equipment, and are used by airport engineers to inspect runway conditions and lighting. The Manx Electricity Authority (MEA) uses Terranos for the engineers working on the installation of a natural gas pipeline between the Isle of Man and the UK, while the Isle of Man Water Authority has a number of Terranos and Pickups on its fleet.
Terrano Vans act as mobile workshops for the Department of Transport’s Vehicle Maintenance division and the Department also has a Nissan Double Cab Pickup, which tows and launches the rigid inflatable boat which is used by the diving unit team during their inspection and repair work.
Other Nissan models on the Isle of Man fleet include Almeras driven by MEA supervisory staff, and the Nissan Cabstar E used by the gardeners who maintain the grounds of Government House for the Lieutenant Governor.
Nissan kits out the vehicles as required with towbars, bulkheads and Truckman tops, to ensure that they’re fully equipped for the job. Athol Garage (1945) Ltd prepares the fleet and maintains the vehicles on the island.
The Isle of Man Government buys the vehicles through Nissan’s Ministry of Defence enabling agreement, which was initiated by, and is managed by, Phil Cripps, Nissan’s Fleet Technical Support Manager.Published 20 April 2003