2018 Nissan LEAF Production Begins In Europe – Deliveries Starting In February
On December 18, 2017 Nissan officially began production of the next generation LEAF for the European market in Sunderland, UK.
First deliveries are expected in February 2018.
The Sunderland becomes the third site worldwide where the new LEAF is produced. Production in the U.S. started two weeks ago.
Since its introduction in 2011, Nissan LEAF sales in Europe have exceeded 85,000 – more than any other all-electric model.
“Production of the all-new Nissan LEAF, the next generation of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, is officially underway for European customers.
With the first new LEAFs now rolling off the line at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK, the countdown has now started to the first customers receiving their vehicles in February.
Embodying Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision and already winning international awards for innovation and technology, this new model has been reinvented to offer greater range, dynamic design, advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity.”
“The Nissan LEAF has been in production in the UK since 2013 for European markets, with more than 85,000 units sold in Europe since 2011, when the first deliveries began from Nissan’s Oppama plant in Japan. Following an initial investment of £420m, the introduction of the new Nissan LEAF has been supported by a further £36m investment in Nissan Sunderland Plant, supporting more than 2,000 jobs at Nissan and in the UK supply chain.”
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan Europe Divisional Vice President for Manufacturing, stated:
“Nissan led the way in introducing electric vehicles to Europe in 2011, and every year since then it’s been clear that more and more customers share our vision for the future of driving.”
“We’re excited to start production in Sunderland and to bring the new Nissan LEAF to European markets from February.”