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New Nissan Leaf goes into production

Date: 19 December 2017   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Production of the new Nissan Leaf is underway for European customers.

With the first deliveries expected in February, Nissan says the first new Leafs are now rolling off the production line at its plant in Sunderland, UK.

The company says the new vehicle offers an improved range, advanced driver assistance technology and enhanced connectivity.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, divisional vice-president for manufacturing at Nissan Europe, said: "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."

Nissan says the new Leaf boasts a range of 235 miles on a single charge. Technology fitted to the car includes the e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop the car just by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. 

Also available are the ProPILOT advanced driving assistance system, which controls the distance to the vehicle in front and steers the vehicle to help the driver stay in the centre of a lane, and ProPILOT Park, an automatic parking system.

Leafs for European customers have been made in the UK since 2013. More than 85,000 have been sold in Europe since 2011, when the first deliveries began from Nissan's Oppama plant in Japan.