The last Almera hatchback rolls off Nissan's Sunderland production line today (27 November 2006), after six years and almost 640,000 cars produced.
It's a significant move for Nissan – the only 'conventional' family car it has left in its line-up is the Primera, itself also due to be scrapped soon. Instead of more ordinary saloons and hatches, Nissan is set on making more niche cars, such as the Note and the forthcoming new Qashqai SUV.
Nissan's Sunderland factory celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this year. It currently makes Micras, Micra C+Cs, Notes and Primeras, and will soon start building the Qashqai.