Nissan has commenced producing the new Nissan Note at its Sunderland site in the United Kingdom. The new Note will further boost production at what is considered as the biggest car plant in the UK, following a £125-million investment by Nissan, secured for the country with a £9.3 million grant from the government's Regional Growth Fund.
The official start of production was at a ceremony on Line 2 at the plant by John Martin, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe. Gracing the event is UK’s Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon.
Even before its launch, the new Note’s design and technology has enticed a number of customers across Europe, with Nissan dealers receiving more than 14,000 pre-orders since order books opened in July 2013. Martin remarked that the new Note is providing mainstream B-segment customers with an “unprecedented combination” of design, technology and safety features which used to be only offered in luxury brands.
He added that the £125-million investment is a further endorsement of the Sunderland Plant, which is currently an international benchmark for productivity and quality. He thanked the UK Government for “their ongoing support for the automotive industry.”
Aside from vehicle assembly, the new Note has brought more work to the Sunderland site and its supply chain in axle production, cylinder head casting, camshaft machining and engine assembly – giving rise to 2,000 new jobs in the UK automotive industry. Nissan now supports more than 35,000 jobs in the UK.
Business Minister Michael Fallon said: "The investment by Nissan to make the Note at the world class Sunderland plant has been achieved by Government and industry working together. It provides a very welcome boost to their exceptional workforce, the North East economy and the country."“Working in partnership with industry, our automotive industrial strategy sets out how we will secure the long term future of the sector as a UK success story by growing our share of the value chain and by getting ahead of the game in research and development on the vehicles of tomorrow.”
All-new Nissan Note carries a design flair and energy to a segment where style has turned into a fundamental element for success. To meet the painstakingly high requests of consumers in the B-segment, Nissan has built a vehicle that fuses rich, smooth lines with unique and daring details.
Challenged by the world-renowned Invitation concept vehicle debuted at the recently-held 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the brand new Note has a lively design that is both sophisticated and operational.
The smooth lines of the silhouette allude to the new Note's dynamic capability and highlight the vehicle’s top-of-the-line aerodynamics. Unlike versions of the all-new Note retailed in different markets, the European model has an exclusive front end design as well as stylish etched wing mirrors integrating the indicator repeaters.
Engineered on Nissan's lightweight V stage, the freshly-produced Note integrates an elongated wheelbase and short overhangs to make an energetic, deft look. The sides of the vehicle are recognized by a dynamic 'Squash Line' that contributes an intense dynamism to the silhouette, so called due to the angles that were motivated by the flight of a swift moving squash ball travelling around a court.
The front integrates etched surfaces with an interlocking headlamp and grille arrangement. Merged with flared wheel arches and a distinguishable, gliding window line, the all-new Note significantly strengthens Nissan's stance at the leading edge of vehicle design.