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Showtime! nissan at the Tokyo, Dubai and la Motor Shows page 07

Company News for NMUK employees

january - february 2012

the mag

GT  Academy

Employee Final Competition page 02

nissan’s green future

in your region

Our environmental action plans

Students given an insight

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Congratulations to our UK participants for their strong performance! score

70 /100

second place in the competition!


68 /100


69 /100

third place and ‘Most Improved Driver’

“I can’t believe it! I’ve never driven a Nissan 370Z before, especially not a race car so to come second place is amazing!” Karl Butler

fourth place and winner of Car Control

“It’s great that Nissan is giving people the opportunity to have a credible career in motor racing, without requiring years of karting/ racing experience.” Stuart Clark

“The opportunity to compete at Silverstone is already far more exciting than anything I thought I would do at work.” Christopher Treece

Top Scores

Employee Top Scores by category

cover story competition

GT Academy Employee Final Competition

Employees from across Europe battled to claim the ultimate prize: a trip for 2 to the Dubai 24 hr race on January 2012.

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Top Row: Maciej Kobylecki-NSCEE, Karl Butler-NMUK, Emmanuel Fabre -NESAS, Jann Mardenborough-2011 GT Academy champion, Charles Fronty-RBU West, Lluis Rovira-NIBSA, Stefan Jannson- RBU Nordics, Jordan Man-NMPC-BV. Bottom Row: Giuseppe BentivoglioNITA, Christopher Treece-NMGB, Hendrik Meseberg-RBU Center, Stuart Clark-NTCE.


fter qualifying rounds in factories and offices across Europe, 11 employees earned the chance to battle for the grand prize at the GT Academy employee finals competition on November 15 & 16. “This regional competition was designed not only to raise awareness among employees about the increasingly popular external GT Academy programme, but also allow them to experience first-hand the passion and excitement that Nissan can deliver,” commented Laura Jacquier, AMIE Internal Communications Manager. Eleven employees were flown to Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, and were met by

and received tips from this year’s GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough, who will be racing in the Dubai 24 hr race in January alongside the previous years’ GT Academy champions. Not only did the local employee qualifiers compete head to head on the Gran Turismo 5 Playstation 3 virtual track, but they also received a full day of professional training in Nissan 370Zs and GTRs. They were judged for their performance on the race track through a series of demanding driving challenges including car control and drifting and headto-head battles. Congratulations to all our participants for their sportsmanship and impressive performance!

4 Silverstone challenges accounted for 20% each. Added together with the GT5 score out of 20 points determined the participants’ final score out of 100. Racing Lap

370Z %

Lluis Rovira Stuart Clark Emmanuel Fabre

85 81 80

Racing Lap

Nissan GT-R %

Giuseppe Bentivoglio


Stuart Clark


Karl Butler / Lluis Rovira


Car Control


Stuart Clark


Giuseppe Bentivoglio


Lluis Rovira


Head to Head


Maciej Kobylecki


Lluis Rovira


Giuseppe Bentivoglio


Gran Turismo 5

Out of 20

Cristopher Treece


Karl Butler


Emmanuel Fabre


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fast fact & figures NE WS

in your region

stay in touch with your plant

Global Financial results

still on track O



n November 3, we announced our FY11 first half financial results, which provide an overall snapshot of our company’s global performance. Despite unfavourable currency fluctuations and a volatile economy, Nissan is still on track to deliver a profitable full-year performance, thanks to your efforts. In the six months through September, we sold 2,225,000 million vehicles worldwide, up 10.7% compared with last year. Net income after taxes totaled 183.4 billion yen (euro 1.61 billion), down 12.0% compared with

the same period last year. Operating profit was also down 7.5%, to 309.7 billion yen (US $3.88 billion, euro 2.72 billion), resulting in an operating profit margin of 7.1%. “Nissan has once again delivered strong first-half earnings and healthy profit margins, reflecting the innovation and consumer appeal of our vehicles in all markets around the world,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. The Juke crossover in particular is proving a major success and in less than a year has firmly stamped its authority on the European market.

top 10 countries Fiscal year to date

russia  59.6 %

UK 9.3 % holLand 7.4 %

Poland 13.9 %

Belgium/Lux. 4.8 % Germany 15 Spain 6.9 %

Italy 17.1%

Students given an insight into Nissan Production Way


rganised by the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, the purpose of the lecture was to give the students an insight into the automotive industry and specifically how Nissan operate a global production system, the Nissan Production Way. As well as the theory behind NPW from its conception to implementation, Trevor also explained how we strive to achieve Douki-seisan, our ideal state of manufacturing, which in turn allows us to improve our efficiency and drives down customer lead time. Following the lecture, Trevor took questions from the floor on a range of topics including suppliers, how we maintain our production systems and our competitors. Speaking after the lecture he said: “I was delighted to be approached

by the University to speak to the students. “As Sunderland Plant evolves over the next few years and we welcome on line new technology like the Nissan LEAF and lithium-ion batteries there are many interesting career opportunities that exist for graduates. “While we hope they embrace this new technology it’s important that they gain an understanding into the original ethos behind how we operate and sessions like this provide a valuable opportunity.” Dr Roger Penlington, Teaching Fellow from Northumbria said: “Activities such as this are very helpful for students understanding of how they should view their study as preparation for employment. “Our regional links are very important to us at Northumbria and we very much appreciated the support from Trevor and Nissan.” The lecture was organised as part of a research project funded by the Royal

NMUK Golf Society held their annual Captain’s Weekend recently in aid of Cancer Research UK. The event saw 36 members of the society play at two courses in Yorkshire and raise £500 towards the charity. Overall winner of the weekend was Alan Hogg. The money was presented to Gill Burn, wife of Paint Shops John Burn who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but is making a positive recovery. Gill and John have been adding the fundraising total. Gill recently participated in the Race for Life bringing the fundraising total up to £1,200 and John completed the Coast to Coast with some colleagues from Paint Shop and raised £2,000. If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Nissan Golf Society please contact Brain Kemp, Kirk Kitching, Fred Warneford or any any other committee member (all details are posted on the Main Canteen Golf noticeboard).

Academy of Engineering. The aim of the project is to investigate how different learning contexts and environments affect mechanical engineering students’ approaches to learning. Initial findings show that students have a clear idea that their study is all part of becoming an engineer, which has been found not to be the case with some other students studying at university level.


244,298 132,606 Qashqai


56,979 46,602 Qashqai+2

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Ukraine 78.1 %


France 17.1 %

In 2011 the plant made a total of 480,485 vehicles, dwarfing the 2010 total of 423,262 vehicles, which itself was the first time any UK car plant had ever made more than 400,000 cars in one year.

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Tee off for charity

Trevor Mann gives a talk to Mechanical Engineering students at Northumbria University.

YEAR Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in theUK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, said: “Our 25th anniversary year will go down in UK car production history and all our staff can be proud of the many milestones we have passed. Our 26th year promises to be equally exciting, as we launch the new Battery Plant at Sunderland and prepare the plant for production of the 100% Nissan LEAF alongside the Qashqai, Juke and Note.”




Nissan Logistics ready to plough on! As the nights get darker and the weather colder, the winter we endured last year is never far from our minds especially as we wait with anticipation for the first flake of snow to fall! While some of us get our scraper and de-icer out, the team at Nissan Logistics have gone one better and built themselves two snow ploughs! The team did incredibly well to get through last year’s

harsh winter, without incident or any lost time. So in preparation for this year and with the help of Sunderland based company Eclipse Performance, the team have converted two Nissan pick ups into snow ploughs and mini gritters.Pictured are the team, Supervisor Mark Whitaker, Team Leaders Paul Defty and Tony Goodfellow and manufacturing staff Billy Smith, Colin Jordan and Fred Whittle.

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Nissan at the Tokyo, Dubai and LA Motor Shows

Nissan’s Green future

How the Nissan Green ProgramME 2016 is going to make for a better brand, and a better world, at the same time for the world.


n October 24th, 2011 CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that we are now embarking on NGP 2016, which is part of the Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan that will concentrate on reducing our carbon footprint, see a shift to renewable energy sources and increase the diversity of our resources. To say NGP 2016 is ambitious is to put it mildly. The plan calls for the sale of 1.5-million Nissan electric vehicles, the reduction of average fuel efficiency from our vehicle line-up by 35% and for CO2 emissions from corporate activities to be cut by 20%. To top it off, we also want to increase the amount of recycled materials used by 25% compared to FY2005. We’ll also be working hard on Nissan Corporate Social Responsibility by implementing our new Blue Citizenship programme which seeks to combine sustainability, mobility and community under one umbrella. The power to create a sustainable future for Nissan will come from inside and we will continue to move towards a strong, vibrant, sustainable business that works to the benefit of society, the environment and all.


NISMO reaches new heights in Tokyo



our keys actions Penetration of zeroemission vehicles

1,5 mil. 06 |

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Wider application of fuel efficient vehicles



Fe improvment

Minimize corporate carbon footprint




Minimize the use of new natural ressources


recycled resource usage

t Nissan’s press conference, where the JUKE NISMO concept was unveiled to media, Carlos Ghosn said: “This year when we’ve had so many challenges and disasters, the fact that we are all here exhibiting a lot of products and technology means that we have faced the challenges and overcome them. We are back to business, back to growth. That’s number one!” JUKE NISMO offers a premium sports version of the successful crossover while, the new LEAF

NISMO RC model reaches 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds and a top speed of 145 km/h. CEO Ghosn also told the world’s media: “Nissan is continuing to grow - not only is it expanding geographically, but also expanding in terms of product lineup and technology offered’. Held in the Japanese capital city for the first time since 1987, the show featured 176 exhibitors from 12 countries plus 52 world and 82 Japan premieres - with Nissan debuting the PIVO 3, ES FLOW and TOWNPOD among other vehicles.

Stunning desert sights in Dubai The all-new Nissan SUNNY was the star of the spectacular Dubai motor show on the 12-14th November. The Dubai show is now the largest show in the Middle East. Unveiled by Gilles Normand, the CVP for Africa, Middle East and India, the SUNNY showed why it’s been a massive success in the region as “The Big Small Car.” Offering both high technology and high efficiency, the SUNNY also boast generous cabin space and a large (14.8 cubic feet) luggage area. The new SUNNY was also showing off its new, ultra-efficient, 1.5-litre engine with dual injector technology that cuts both emissions and consumption. The new SUNNY will be available to the public from Quarter One of 2012.

Nissan gets snack-happy at Los Angeles Motor Show Nissan’s modified NV2500 van feeds the crowds at the L.A. show (18-27th Nov.) with grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream; a tasty demonstration of the NV’s flexibility.

– Nissan International SA - Zone d’Activités La Pièce 12 - 1180 Rolle, Switzerland. Publisher: Matthew De La Haye. Editorial Director: Laura Jacquier. Editor in chief: Selina Thompson. Local editors: Lucy Banwell, Dawn Waugh, Paul James (NMUK), Anne Vittoz, Matt Loader (NTCE ), Kilian Guasch Tellez, Sandra Labanda Blanco (NMISA), Jolanda Gnirrep, Martien Heeremans (NMPCBV), Tatjana Moiseichenko (NMGR). Contributors: Sophie Herlem, Cristina Sancen, Matthew Carter, Neil Briscoe, Simon Hacker and other contributors too numerous to mention! Foto’s: cover: Alexander Hafemann, Getty Images ; page 6: Michael Hanson,Getty ,146 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France. Images. Concept & design: Printed on Cyclus Print, recycled and recyclable with vegetable ink. January - February 2012 |

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lighter touch the Qashqai campaign

The Urban Adventure


issan QASHQAI is the ‘ultimate urban car’ for city adventure and since its launch in 2005 we have seen popularity sore with over 1 million models produced at NMUK. Now the QASHQAI is enjoying a new injection of advertising following the launch of its fifth press campaign for 2012 and beyond. Uniting QASHQAI’s urban brand messaging and stylish design, TV advert the car travel through a spectacular urban obstacle course. As the QASHQAI interacts with highly

distinctive graffiti from an Anglo-French artist, McBess to the sound track “Human Fly” by The Cramps, viewers are also given a demonstration of its unique features such as the Around View Monitor and new 1.6 dCi engine. The European-wide press campaign kicked off in the UK on 18 November with a 60-second TV advert during a number of peak-time programmes and reached a minimum of six million adult cinemagoers within films such as Tower Heist, The Rum Diary, Wuthering Heights, Anonymous and The Help.

quiz play with

Please submit your competition entry to your local Communications Team before 28 February and they will forward it to N-COM Europe.


1. How many employees battled for the grand prize at the GT Academy employee finals competition in November?

2. When was Nissan QASHQAI first launched?

3. When did Carlos Ghosn launched the Nissan Green Programme?

 a. 7

 a. 2004

 a. January 2011

 b. 9

 b. 2005

 b. April 2011

 c. 11

 c. 2006

 c. October 2011

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