Nissan awards Rio gold medalists in the UK with golden Leaf image

The Japanese automaker has decided that all gold medal winners from the UK team returning from Rio should be greeted by a car that will stand out from a crowd – a gold-wrapped Leaf.

A few years back, Nissan and Usain bolt joined forces for a bespoke GT-R featuring a gold exterior which went under the hammer in support of the athlete’s foundation. Now Nissan has returned to the idea for its all-electric Leaf hatchback and the car will be presented as a gift to Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for his gold medals on the floor and pommel horse last Saturday during the Rio Olympics. He will surely stand out thanks to the ‘brilliant bright gold’ wrap of the Leaf and he won’t be the only one.

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Nissan has said all athletes from the Nissan Team GB and ParalympicsGB teams returning home from the Olympic Games in Brazil with a gold medal in their pocket will get a Leaf – though just one car per athlete, no matter how many medals. Nissan is going to have some serious wrapping capabilities by the time the Olympics end because Great Britain has already clocked a total of 16 gold medals – ranking second after the United States (26 gold medals) and ahead of China with 15 medals.