With the first Leafs now rolling off the production line, Nissan has given us an insight into how the car is produced with a short video.
The video shows different aspects of production, such as how the battery is produced and installed, how the inverter is made and how the motor is made and installed. You also get a glimpse of various stages of the production line.
One of the interesting aspects of Leaf production is how the car is built on the same line that's used to create some of Nissan's other niche vehicles such as the Juke mini-crossover, the stylish Cube city car and the Note city car, which is only sold in Europe and Japan.
Those three vehicles are based on Nissan's B-platform, but the Leaf uses completely different underpinnings. The only difference in production, Nissan says, are the power units being used. After production, the Leaf and its gasoline compatriots undergo a thorough inspection
The production methods used on the Leaf enable the highest quality products to be delivered to customers through synchronization with dealers, suppliers and manufacturing plants worldwide.
Methods trialled at the Oppama factory in Japan allow the technology to be honed before U.S. and European production begins at the Smyrna, Tennessee and Sunderland, England factories. Production begins there in 2013, by which time any production bugs should have been ironed out.
Enough talk though - you can watch the production video below: