Today marks the end of the Micra era. After 18 years and more than 2.3 million cars, UK Micra production ends in Sunderland during late shift tonight, Friday 16th July.
Once the last Micra rolls off the line, the plant will be re-jigged in preparation for the Juke, construction of which begins in August. The all-new global Micra will be built in Thailand.
Read our review, with video, of the Nissan Juke here
Speaking about the occasion, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Manufacturing UK boss said “there is no doubt that Micra has been a tremendous success for us and a production run of well over two million units is astounding, but like all plants we are constantly changing and updating our model mix.
Although Micra is a tough act to follow, Juke is a very exciting prospect. By combining the best attributes from a compact SUV and a sports car, it will inject something truly original into the small car segment.”
Sunderland Plant facts:
• Established in 1984 (start of production 1986)
• Total investment in plant to date: 2.68 billion GBP (2.99 billion euros)
• Total volume since start of production: 5.6 million units
• Total 2009 volume: 338,000 units
• Current workforce: 4,700 employees
• UK’s largest car producer and exporter
• Produced a third of all cars built in the UK in 2009
• Current model line-up: Qashqai, Qashqai +2, Note and from August the new Nissan Juke