Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission was shown for the first time at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this this year

Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission was shown for the first time at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this this year

The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission, the first Nissan electric car made for China, has begun rolling off the production line at Dongfeng Nissan's Huadu plant.

The start of production by Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle, the passenger vehicle unit of Dongfeng Motor (DFL), Nissan's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group, coincides with another milestone: The companies have built 10m vehicles in China since they started operations.

The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission is described as Nissan's first all-electric vehicle built in China specifically for Chinese consumers. The model was developed based on the Leaf platform and the best-selling Nissan sedan in China, the Sylphy. It's being built at Dongfeng Nissan's Huadu plant.

Growth in the Chinese market is a critical part of Nissan's midterm plan, Nissan Move to 2022," said Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan Motor's president and CEO. "China is already the world's largest automotive market. But China isn't just a leader in terms of market size: It stands at the forefront of the development of the industry itself. The market is now evolving extremely quickly, especially in the areas of electrification and connectivity. In fact, China is expected to lead the world in the adoption and spread of EVs in the coming years. We're confident that the Sylphy Zero Emission rolling off the production line today will become a main player in the EV market here. It's going to pave the way for our Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy in the Chinese market."

"By the end of 2019, DFL plans to launch five new EV models across the Nissan, Venucia and Dongfeng brands. We're going to roll out a range of EVs that will appeal to customers within all market segments."

Ranking among Nissan's most productive plants, Huadu has played a key role in the 15 years since the company began operating in China. The plant is on a path to help Dongfeng Nissan reach the next 10m-vehicle milestone by producing the Sylphy Zero Emission, along with many other planned models aimed at delivering excitement and the latest mobility solutions to Chinese consumers.

Building on their strong partnership over the past 15 years, Dongfeng and Nissan say they will continue to bring advanced technologies and world-class vehicles to customers in China.

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