Nissan has started production of its electric car, the Leaf, for European markets at its factory in Sunderland.
Up to now it has been importing the car. It has also made 100 changes to the car, including an increase in its range from 175km to 199km. The suspension has also been tweaked to better suit European tastes.
And it has cut manufacturing costs by a third, Nissan says. An example of this is that the doors are now made of steel instead of more expensive aluminum as was the case with the Japanese-built car.