Dongfeng Nissan – the joint venture between Nissan and Dongfeng – has confirmed that the first Sylphy Zero Emission electric vehicle has rolled off the production line.
The first all-electric Nissan built specifically for the Chinese market, the Sylphy Zero Emission, is based on the platform of the OEM’s popular Leaf EV, and the best-selling Nissan sedan in China, the Sylphy. The vehicle is 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’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, [Dongfeng Nissan] 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.”