Nissan LeafUK/US – Manufacture will begin at Sunderland in northern England and Smyrna, Tennessee, with these two locations joining Nissan Oppama, Japan, in the production of the new-generation vehicle by the end of 2017.

“We’re proud to continue manufacturing the Nissan Leaf at three plants globally,” said Fumiaki Matsumoto, executive vice-president of Nissan Motor, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management. “The Nissan Leaf is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility with its many advanced technologies.”

The new Leaf features a greater range, a new design and the latest technologies. It will go on sale in Japan at the start of October and the US, Canada and Europe over the following months.

Production of the original Leaf began at Oppama in 2010, and at Sunderland and Smyrna in 2013. The batteries will continue to be made in Sunderland and Smyrna, and Zama, Japan.