Nissan Leaf goes into production

Published: 01st January 2011
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The Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric, zero-emission vehicle to be produced for the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan, together with Renault, aims to be the global leader in zero-emission cars. To date, the Alliance has signed 80 partnerships for zero-emission mobility with governments, municipalities and companies worldwide.

Production of the Leaf marked a milestone in the automotive industry; the Leaf will be produced at the Oppama facility and should be ready to go on sale by December 2010 in Japan and the USA. European markets will be able to buy the Leaf from the early part of 2011.

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn at the Nissan LEAF offline ceremony said, "This is a significant milestone, not only for Nissan and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but also for the entire automotive industry, Consumers are clear. They want sustainable and affordable mobility...and the Alliance is leading the way with cars that deliver exactly that, with the reliability, excitement and performance that consumers demand. The high-quality, innovative Nissan LEAF will radically transform what consumers expect from automobile manufacturers worldwide."

The Nissan Leaf will be produced in line with popular combustion engined models such as the Juke and Cube; it is the same assembly line as where your typical used Nissan Almera in West London would have been built. The assembly line has been modified slightly to enable it to install battery modules during the early part of production.

Hidetoshi Imazu, Executive Vice President of Nissan Manufacturing, said, "Oppama will serve as the 'Mother Plant' for the production of Nissan LEAF. We will use all of the know-how and learning’s from Oppama to ensure the highest quality at all sites that manufacture Nissan EVs."

The Nissan Leaf will be produced in line with popular combustion engined models such as the Juke and Cube; it is the same assembly line as where your typical used Nissan Almera in West London would have been built. The assembly line has been modified slightly to enable it to install battery modules during the early part of production.

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