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The Production of the New LEAF is Launched at Nissan’s Sunderland Plant

Nissan are celebrating the start of a bold new era in European car manufacturing with the  production start of the new improved, 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

The new Nissan LEAF, has more than 100 updates and is now rolling off the record-breaking Sunderland Plant, using advanced lithium-ion batteries also manufactured in Nissan’s new UK Battery Plant.

This is the start of the culmination of four years preparation at the plant and a previous announced investment of £420m from Nissan. Both the Battery Plant and the Nissan LEAF production are supporting 2,000 jobs for people in the UK car industry including 500 directly at Nissan.

Nissan’s ongoing commitment to innovation means the best-selling electric vehicle is now even better. The LEAF for 2013 has had 100 updates which were aimed at making  Nissan’s zero-emissions technology accessible to more European drivers, the updates include an increased driving range of 199km (124) miles and the ability to recharge in half the time of the original first generation LEAF.

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UK Prime Minister,the Rt. Hon. David Cameron said: “Nissan’s record breaking year last year is a success story for UK volume car manufacturing and demonstrates how our automotive industry is competing and thriving in the global race. I warmly welcome the production of the new electric LEAF model and battery plant at Sunderland. This £420 million investment, backed by Government, is supporting over 2,000 jobs in our automotive sector including more than 500 at Nissan in Sunderland, helping people in the area who want to work hard and get on.

“The Government has committed £400 million to make the UK a leading market for ultra low carbon vehicles. Nissan’s announcement shows the confidence the company has in the skills-base and the business environment in the UK and that the UK is open for business.”

This launch event comes as the Nissan Sunderland Plant celebrates making more than seven million units since it opened its doors in 1986. Last year the plant produced 510,572 vehicles and became the first UK factory to make more than half a million cars in one year.

“The Nissan LEAF is our most technically advanced car yet and the launch of this new model, built along with its batteries in Sunderland, is a huge boost not only for the plant but for British manufacturing. We have been showing that you can operate a world-beating plant in the UK for almost 30 years and the construction of the Battery Plant is a vote of confidence in the country’s ability to support high-technology manufacturing.”

“We could not have reached this point without the support and commitment we have enjoyed from Governments across Europe, especially the British Government, who are backing the car industry on manufacturing and charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.  I would also like to once again place on record our thanks to our many partners and their strong belief in zero-emissions motoring.”

There are more than 55,000, Nissan LEAFS on the worlds roads today, and with two years of real-world zero emissions experience behind it, marks the start of an exciting chapter for Nissan.

The launch of the new LEAF introduces three new grades, a new interior trim, Nissan’s new Around View Monitor technology and new suspension specifically made for European roads.

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