NISSAN’s latest model is celebrating a year of success with a trip down under.
The car giant’s Sunderland factory will shortly start shipping the Juke to New Zealand.
The latest news comes just after the car marked its first year on the market with sales figures that exceed predictions.
Nissan expected to build 100,000 Jukes a year when it launched the car in August last year.
But in just 14 months, the Sunderland plant has turned out more than 140,000.
Last month, the Juke clocked up its best ever European performance, with 14,000 sold across Europe – almost 3,000 more than the previous record.
That helped Nissan to its highest ever market share in Europe – 4.2 per cent – almost a full percentage point up on last year.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s vice-president for manufacturing in the UK, said: “Juke has been extremely well received by the car-buying public and its continuing success across our European market is very pleasing.
“The unique styling and high build quality of the Nissan Juke have been key to its success. This has been a real team effort across our design and engineering functions and of course the manufacturing team here at Nissan Sunderland Plant.”
Nissan has marked the Juke’s first birthday with a new limited edition version of the car.
Named Kuro, meaning “black” in Japanese, only 700 will be produced for the UK. Each model features its own individually numbered plaque fitted to the centre console.
John McCormick, of Evans Halshaw Nissan, said: “We’re all very excited about the arrival of the Juke Kuro. It brings cutting-edge fashion to the car market at an affordable price.
“The Juke has already been hugely successful and we are certain this latest model will prove to be the must-have car this season.”
The Kuro is available for pre-order now with customer deliveries expected mid-November 2011. Prices start from £17,395.