Keys to new cars up for grabs as Nissan backs future Irish leaders

Nissan is seeking ambitious people who could use a car or van to achieve their dreams of becoming Ireland’s next generation of leaders on the local, national and international stage.

Ten people who exemplify the drive to succeed in their chosen field will be given a brand new, taxed and insured Nissan to drive for a year as part of the innovative Nissan Generation Next car ambassador programme.

The Nissan Generation Next programme is designed to support ambitious Irish people, from whatever walk of life, who have the drive and determination to become tomorrow’s leaders.

“Nissan Generation Next is all about helping the best and brightest on the road to success. It is open to anyone who is passionate, committed and working hard to achieve their goals,” explained James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“No dream is too big or small. Tell us about it and you could find yourself with the keys to a brand new Nissan that is the right choice for you and best suited to helping you to achieve your ambitions and to succeed in your chosen field,” he added.

Applicant’s chosen field can include anything be that creating a new business, launching a new product, pioneering scientific research, winning at the top level of sport, having a chart-hitting single, to making it as an actor, top chef, dancer, writer or artist.

The Nissan Generation Next progamme was created last year and the ten members of the Class of 2014, selected from over 650 applicants nationwide, have achieved remarkable success during the past year.

The Class of 2014 Nissan Generation Next ambassadors included Irish writer and director Gerard Barrett whose acclaimed film ‘Glassland’ featuring Jack Reynor and Toni Colette won the best acting award at the renowned Sundance Film Festival last February.

30 years old Emma Fogarty from Laois learned how to drive and became the first and oldest woman in Ireland living with EB – a painful, debilitating condition that makes her skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wing – to pass her driving test.

Clare inter-county hurler Seadna Morley (21) won an All-Star and was crowned Munster U21 Hurler of the Year, while Dubliner Emma Cahill (25) is set on qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics in Equestrian Games three years after a serious injury and being told that she would never walk again.Drift car racer Danielle Murphy from Saggart in Dublin also established herself as the highest ranked female drift car driver in Europe.


“Our Nissan Generation Next ambassadors are truly inspirational. They only see what is possible and their ability to forge ahead and to find creative solutions to the challenges and obstacles that they encounter is something that we at Nissan are only too happy to support. These people really are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Nissan CEO James McCarthy.




Applicants for the 2015 Nissan Generation Next programme can apply online at or through the Nissan Generation Next Facebook app and will be requested to outline why they are an ideal candidate for Nissan Generation Next and how Nissan can help them to achieve their goals.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 19th May 2015. A shortlist of 20 candidates will be announced soon after and put forward to a four-week public voting phase. The seven individuals with the largest number of votes will win a place on the Nissan Generation Next programme. The judges at Nissan will also select three applicants whom they believe are deserving of a place on the Nissan Generation Next programme, giving applicants another opportunity to achieve their dreams and never look back with the support of Nissan’s commitment to excellence and innovation.