Nissan starts UK build of new Leaf 19 | 12 | 2017

    NISSAN HAS STARTED production of its all-new Leaf, the next generation of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. First deliveries to Scottish buyers is set to begin in February. (Related: Scots Nissan dealer paves way for growth)

    Embodying Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, the new model has been reinvented to offer greater range, dynamic design, advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity.


    “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,” Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan Europe Divisional Vice President for Manufacturing, said.

    “We're excited to start production in Sunderland and to bring the new Nissan Leaf to European markets from February.”

    The new Leaf offers an improved range of 235 miles on a single charge, allowing drivers to enjoy longer journeys, interconnected by the extended European CHAdeMO Quick Charging network.


    Cutting-edge technology in the new Nissan Leaf includes:

        •    The new e-Pedal which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop the car by simply increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator, providing more control and taking the stress out of driving. E-pedal can hold the stop even downhill, and is made accessible as standard from entry grade.

        •    ProPilot advanced driving assistance automatically controls the distance to the vehicle in front and steers the vehicle to help the driver keep Leaf centered in the lane. These functions can significantly improve driving experience when driving on the highway in both heavy and flowing traffic.

        •    ProPilot Park is the technology that parks the new Leaf with the touch of a button. This full auto-parking feature combines advanced image processing technology using four high-resolution cameras and information from 12 ultrasonic sensors around the car to guide the vehicle into a space.


    The 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 Leaf has been supported by a further £36m investment in Nissan Sunderland Plant, supporting more than 2000 jobs at Nissan and in the UK supply chain.

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    Jim McGill


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