Nissan is getting a lot of Christmas mileage out of its electric LEAF, this time with some jingle jangle.

The model receives several updates, including new pedestrian warning sounds that also make for a catchy Chrissy ditty.

The tune will be available for download via popular streaming services by searching Nissan LEAF Canto Carol.

Nissan has licensed the piece to Urban Green Lab for the holiday season which means any proceeds accrued during December are directly collected by the non-profit organisation.

The rhythms of the two new sounds from the 2020 Nissan LEAF were combined with “Jingle Bells” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” to create the first-of-its-kind holiday earworm — or “e-worm,” with a high-tech electronic feel.

For model year 2020, the two pedestrian safety sounds received updates in tone and volume.

For the US market, the all-electric Nissan LEAF makes a constant tone (known as “Canto,” derived from the Latin verb for “I sing”) for forward movement under 30km/h and a pulsing chime when reversing.

The vehicle volume was updated to meet electric vehicle regulations that take effect from September next year.

To make the sounds louder, an additional speaker was added inside the engine compartment.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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