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The Leaf overtakes the Bluebird

With 195,000 copies produced of its 100% electric Leaf, the Japanese manufacturer Nissan has just broken a record. Nissan’s Sunderland plant has produced more than 195,000 all-electric Nissan LEAFs.

It exceeds the production of its ancestor, the Bluebird, the first Nissan sedan assembled in Europe at the same factory in the United Kingdom. Between 1986 and 1990, 187,178 Bluebirds were assembled.

An assembly that took much longer than today.

Assembly time halved

While it took 22 hours to assemble a Bluebird, only 10 hours are needed for a Nissan LEAF in the same factory 35 years later. This notable difference is due to improved manufacturing technologies.

The number of employees, meanwhile, has grown from 430 in 1986 to 6,000 today. Among these 430 first hired, 19 still work on the Nissan Leaf today.

Cleaner production

More cars don’t necessarily mean a bigger environmental impact. Nissan has set itself the goal of achieving carbon neutrality in all of the company’s operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050.

An objective that involves the electrification of the entire range by 2030, but also through an adapted mode of production. The manufacturer has announced a project to extend 37,000 solar panels which will ensure 20% of the plant’s electricity needs.

Opel performs with the Corsa

At Opel, the Corsa is posting good scores, with 300,000 units produced on the assembly lines in Zaragoza, Spain. Released in November 2019, this new generation of Corsa is also the first developed under the PSA era.

The best-selling city car in Germany, the Corsa was also the best-selling all-rounder in the UK last year. A movement that should increase with the opening of Corsa sales on the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific export markets. A success in which the Corsa-E electric version participates.

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