2010 was record year of production at Nissan Sunderland Plant, with 423,262 units manufactured, of which 81% were exported. Nissan Sunderland Plant has now been the UK’s biggest car producer in every year since 1998.
The previous record for production at Nissan Sunderland Plant was 386,555 units in 2008, which fell in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis to 338,150 units.
Now in its 25th year of production, January 2011 has also seen Nissan Sunderland Plant pass its latest manufacturing milestone, a 6 million cars produced since operations began in 1986. The 6th million car was a Force Red Nissan Juke, which passed its final safety and quality checks this Tuesday.
In 2010, there were 271,841 Qashqais, 44,622 Jukes, 52,872 Notes and 54,580 Micras made at the plant. In July the production of Micra was moved to India after 18 years.
Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, commented: “2010 was a landmark year for the plant and represents a superb achievement by our workforce.
“This performance also reflects the popularity of the models we are producing in Sunderland, especially the Nissan Qashqai and the new Nissan Juke, which have both been designed, engineered and built in the UK.
The 100% electric Nissan LEAF will be manufactured at Sunderland from 2013.