The Sunderland plant has been producing the Micra for almost two decades, with the first Micra introduced to the UK being the model designated ‘K11’.
The plant produced nearly 1.4 million K11 Micras over the next ten years until it was replaced by the new ‘K12’ Micra in 2002. Nearly one million K12s were manufactured in eight years of production, including the 2005 CC model. According to Nissan, Sunderland has manufactured 2,368,704 Micras since 1992.
“I think everyone will be sorry to see the last Micra come off the line. When you produce a model for as long as we have produced Micra, it almost becomes part of your plant’s identity,” Kevin Fitzpatrick, VP Manufacturing UK said in a release. “Micra’s departure frees up capacity on our lines meaning we can now look forward to producing the Juke in August.”
“It’s sad to see Micra production end in Sunderland, but we have a fantastic product replacing it in Juke. It’s quite an achievement for the plant to think there are well over 2 million Sunderland-built Micras out there,” added production supervisor Keith Watson, who worked on the very first Micra produced in Sunderland in 1992.
However, this is not the end of the Micra. The latest version unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March will still stay in production in several locations around the globe, including Chennai (India).