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New Leaf to be built on Wearside after £36m investment

Nissan has confirmed that the new Leaf electric car will be built on Wearside, following a £36m investment at their Sunderland plant.

More than 70,000 Leafs have been built on Wearside since 2013, including a record 17,483 last year.

The company says the new generation Leaf will have 'revolutionary technology that transforms the way we drive'.

The Nissan Leaf. Credit: Nissan

Here are some of the features included in the new car.

  • e-Pedal - this is a new feature which allows a driver to accelerate, slow down or brake, using just one pedal.
  • ProPILOT Park - when activated this technology will take control of all steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection to automatically guide the car into a parking spot.
  • A bigger range than ever before – 234 miles on a single charge, about 50% further than the first generation Leaf.
ProPILOT Park. Credit: Nissan

“The new Nissan LEAF, with its improved autonomy range, combined with the evolution of autonomous drive technology, such as ProPILOT Park and the simple operation of the e-Pedal, strengthens Nissan’s EV leadership, as well as the expansion of EVs globally. It also has the core strengths that will be embodied by future Nissan models.”

– Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan.

The new Leaf will go into production in 2018.

Nissan employs 7,000 people on Wearside.

The entire workforce is being granted the Freedom of Sunderland in a ceremony today (Thursday).