Staff at Nissan Sunderland Plant capped their 25th anniversary year in style with a string of new UK car industry records.
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.
Demand for the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke meant the plant exceeded that previous record on November 16. November itself was a record month for the plant with 46,606 vehicles made – the highest monthly total in the plant’s history.
Nissan’s leadership in the Crossover market was demonstrated by the production totals of its top-selling models Qashqai (244,298), Qashqai+2 (56,979) and Juke (132,606). In addition the plant made 46,602 units of the award-winning Nissan Note.
The number of jobs at Nissan Sunderland Plant also reached an all-time high with 5,462 people directly employed on site.
Nissan’s vice president for Manufacturing in the UK, 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.”
Other milestones reached in 2011 at Nissan Sunderland Plant included the production of the plant’s six millionth vehicle in January, then in June Nissan’s Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced that the next generation of the Nissan Qashqai would be designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK – as the Qashqai became the fastest UK-made car in history to reach one million units.