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The Nissan car plant in Sunderland has made made more than half a million cars for the second year in a row. The plant kept up its record breaking level of production and introduced three new models in 2013.
The North East Chamber of Commerce says it's a sign that the economy is growing. Watch Julia Barthram's report.
The Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai has been named Car of the Year for 2014 by What Car? The model was also named best small sports utility vehicle. The results were announced at a ceremony in London.
What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett praised Nissan for thinking "of every last detail".
The Qashqai was the sixth best-selling car in the UK in 2013, with sales passing 50,000.
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan says its Sunderland plant made more than half-a-million cars in 2013 - matching its output for the previous year.
The site will start producing the company's new Qashqai model this year.