As supply chain issues continue to plague, well, pretty much everything, it appears the automotive industry’s latest victim is the 2023 Nissan Ariya. First reported by Forbes and confirmed on Nissan’s website, the Ariya is not the first casualty of this type (and likely not the last). Ford, for example, has closed orders on a number of its vehicles, too.
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According to the Forbes report, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta wants to “limit orders to what can realistically be delivered this year.” The Ariya is Nissan’s first all-electric SUV and uses more modern electric-vehicle technology than the older Leaf. The Ariya will be available in single-motor front- or dual-motor all-wheel-drive configurations, with a maximum Nissan-estimated range of 300 miles for the FWD version. The more powerful AWD Ariya, with 389 horsepower instead of the FWD’s 238 hp, tops out at 265 miles of range, according to Nissan’s estimates.
Buyers looking to make an order are invited to sign up for updates, though it’s unclear at this time when new orders will be allowed. One individual who will be getting their hands on an Ariya is Chris Ramsey, adventurer founder of Pole to Pole, who is planning to drive a specially modified Ariya from the North Pole to the South Pole beginning in March 2023.
While we’ve become advocates of buyers ordering their desired vehicle as a way to mitigate price increases in the currently constrained market, an automaker closing orders puts a damper on that prospect. If your heart is set on the Ariya but you haven’t placed an order already, you’ll have to be patient. If you can’t be patient, it seems you’ll have to look elsewhere.