Nissan Micra production in the UK ends tonight after 18 years

Nissan Micra production in the UK will come to an end tonight after 18 years.

Micra production at Nissan’s Sunderland plant first started on 10 August 1992; the final Micra will come down the production line during tonight’s late shift.

Read Autocar's Nissan Micra road test

Sunderland produced almost 1.4 million first-generation K11 Micras between 1992 and 2002, while almost 1m K12 Micras have been produced since 2002, including 31,000 CC variants.

By the end of today, Sunderland would have produced 2,368,704 Micras, which is more than 40 per cent of the plant's total output since opening in 1986.

Production of the third-generation Micra has shifted to several countries around the world, including to a new plant in Chennai, India.

Read Autocar's new Nissan Micra first driveRead Autocar's Nissan Juke first drive

The Micra will be replaced on the Sunderland production line by the Juke next month.

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16 July 2010

This is a company thats getting a £20 million grant. The Micra was a consistent seller and very much a safe bet, they are now being replaced by the hideous Juke and a £25k electric car, for which they expect the Govt. to cough up a £5k discount for each car they sell.

So how the hell is the future of their operation safe? The Govt. should have made sure that they did not shift the production of a volume churner like the Micra.

16 July 2010

You may think the Juke is 'hideous' but most analysts predict big sales. The Sunderland built Qashqai is the fifth best selling car in Britain as of June 2010.

16 July 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]You may think the Juke is 'hideous' but most analysts predict big sales. The Sunderland built Qashqai is the fifth best selling car in Britain as of June 2010.[/quote] Precisely, there will be an equal amount of people who love the Juke. The Qashqai is a HUGE seller, so I don't think we can be doubting Nissan's future in Sunderland. They'll be fine. It's the end of an era for the Micra, as the new, duller version arrives, but equally, it's a new generation for niche products that do very well at Nissan Sunderland. Looking forward to a poke round the Juke...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

16 July 2010

[quote Mini1]You may think the Juke is 'hideous' but most analysts predict big sales. [/quote]

That's my gut feeling. Don't like the Juke's styling but I think not only will the Juke be a hit but in a few years time every manufacturer will be churning out their own versions.

[quote Mini1]Qashqai is the fifth best selling car in Britain [/quote]

Hated it till I drove a hired Quashqai from central Scotland to Leeds and back. Not the best drive in the world but when it comes to providing a comfortable, quiet, and refined long distance trip down the motorway there isn't a car in the Focus, Astra, Golf class that I have driven that matches it.

16 July 2010

[quote shortbread]This is a company thats getting a £20 million grant. The Micra was a consistent seller and very much a safe bet, they are now being replaced by the hideous Juke and a £25k electric car, for which they expect the Govt. to cough up a £5k discount for each car they sell.[/quote] £20 million is nothing in the car industry. For every pound the government puts in, the company will be spending 10 to get the car in production, plus the wages and parts costs it spends after that - the government will get their money back through taxes and benefit savings many times over... Plus, although the Micra sold consistently in the UK, Nissan almost certainly makes no money from UK built Micras. Volume does not automatically = profit. Look at GM. I'd say the Juke is a bit of a gamble, but if it works, like the Qashqai, then Nissan UK is doing better than it would be making Micras.

17 July 2010

I'm not sure why, but I am quite sad that the current Micra is no more. I have driven many miles in my mothers Micra, and it's a good honest little runabout which does everything my mother asks of it and it does it well. Admittedly the seats are naff if you are driving it hard, but it rarely gets driven hard unless i'm driving. The poor thing has met with many objects in it's life, including a parked car (My mother seriously cannot drive) but it has coped well and still looks reasonably tidy. No reliability issues at all too.

As for the Juke, like others have said, It should be a big model for Nissan. It is a risk, but a calculated one. I have never driven a Qasqai (Spelling???) and at first I thought it was pointless. But I have to admit the design is good and definately grows on you, as the Jukes no doubt will once they become a familiar sight.

Who'd have thought that humble old Rover (The brand, not the poster masquerading as sixman) would have started a trend with the Streetwise eh!

20 July 2010

Nissan has too many small cars now for Micra to be the default choice, I always felt it was criminally overlooked, not featuring in group tests and the unbreakable nature of it unnapreciated by journos who only had one for a week.

Three years ago this week I left NI in a 94 Micra and drove it to Mongolia, 2500 miles were off road and included fording rivers, mountain passes and steep inclines, the Micra was more than a match for any of the other cars taking part with each of the 32 Micras that entered the challenge finishing,(259 cars in total started, 80 finished)

When I got home my proper car (406) let me down as I drove through a shallow flood, I immediately went and bought another Micra. Two weeks ago my sister wanted a cheap runaround so I got her one too.

I hope that the shift in production and competition from within the Nissan range do not threaten the Micra

20 July 2010

i loved my 95 micra. the only thing wrong with it was the rusting front cross section member, which they all fall to pieces but can be replaced and the part is not too much money. and the headlight wiring which was crap. rest of the car brilliant. got to know it very well over 6 years.

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