Also got a call. One interesting thing is that the Empower trim is almost exactly the premier trip minus the special hub caps and lighted door logo but $1k less. It also comes in more color except for the copper. While we can’t change our reservation to this trim, the agent said we can apply our $1,200 reservation discount to any trim and the dealer would just have to order outside the reservation process. I’ll contact my dealer. My concern is the dealer won’t feel obligated to offer MSRP if I order outside my reservation.
I also chatted with a Nissan Rep. this morning regarding my reservation/order. I agree that the representatives who are reaching out to contact all the Ariya reservation holders are likely just reading off of a script. Seems the common theme is they have been given instructions to confirm that Nissan once again is acknowleding that we signed the tax credit loophole document prior to 8/16/22 and they are to share the approximate delivery date when our Ariya will arrive. To that end I asked what I believed would be a straight forward question. However that inquiry soon became a moving target the longer we discussed the matter. Specifically I asked if it would be possible to change my reservation to one of the trims listed on the recently updated Ariya website. The agents initial response was that it would be no problem. She instructed me to just log into my portal and make the desired changes. However once I told her that I already tried that and the portal still doesn’t list the new configurations - she immediately switched gears and said well ……maybe I would have to cancel my reservation. However if I did cancel my reservation I would lose out on the $1240 private offer and likely kiss goodby the tax credit advantage as well. So after that conversation I immediately contacted my dealer and they immediately forwarded my email on to a Nissan Ariya Rep. who fielded my inquiry. The following is verbatim of one of the so called Ariya Reps response:
”Reservations can be edited through the Reservationist‘s dashboard online once the customer logs in but only to the original 4 reservation trims(unfortunately the system is unable to include the new models) Orders must be changed online through this dashboard and Dealers can not change on the customers behalf.
If the customer wanted to order a non-reservation trim they could do so but the dealer will have to secure it through normal ordering after Reservation allocation. “
So my dealer has pledged to continue to work with their other dealer representatives
and hopes to have a more feasible approach for me later this week.