In The Spotlight: Nissan LEAF Production in Sunderland, UK
Recently, Nissan celebrated a year in the making for the Nissan LEAF at its Sunderland, UK factory.
On hand for the event was news outlet Northern Echo who provides us with some insight on the success of the LEAF and of its production in Sunderland. In condensed form, here are some of the highlights:
- The Sunderland-built Nissan LEAF is more popular with owners than the version built in Japan
- More than 13,000 LEAFS have been built in Sunderland
- Sunderland has the ability to produce up to 50,000 LEAFs annually
- LEAF represents 3% of Sunderland’s total output
Northern Echo quotes Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles Nissan Europe, as stating the following:
“Levels of satisfaction from our customers is 95 per cent, the highest in the entire Nissan range. We have even managed to improve on customer satisfaction with the European-made LEAF over the one produced in Oppama.”
As for UK/European content of the Sunderland-built LEAF, Nissan says 40% of the parts are provided by UK-based suppliers and that European content is 75%.
Source: The Northern Echo