China – The new plant in northern China joins the production network of Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) which consists of two facilities in Huadu, southern China, plus one site each in Xiangyang and Zhengzhou in central China. All five factories are manufacturing for the domestic market.

Across a total floor area of 1.32m sq.m, the Dalian plant is being developed in two phases. At a cost of 5 billion yuan ($816m), the first phase provides an annual production capacity of 150,000 units; the second phase will raise the total to 300,000 units per year.

The Dalian facility is positioned as a manufacturing hub for Nissan SUVs, beginning with the X-Trail model. The manufacturing technology, quality and sustainability credentials are aligned with the OEM’s global standards, while the management has been drawn from existing Chinese plants.

“It has been just 28 months since we announced the Dalian plant project, and we have overcome many challenges to realise this facility,” commented Susumu Uchikoshi, managing director of DFL-PV. “We are proud of this achievement and poised to deliver high-quality SUVs from this plant to our customers.”