Nissan's continued success

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan says its Sunderland plant made more than half-a-million cars in 2013 - matching its output for the previous year.

Nissan record year: Full report

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.

New Nissan 'Car of the Year'

The new generation Qashqai went into production at the Sunderland plant late last year. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Qashqai is the most popular model ever made at the Nissan plant Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
286,000 of the cars were made in Sunderland in 2013 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
In October the Sunderland plant broke the 50,000 production barrier for the first time Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Sunderland-built Qashqai is Car of the Year

The Nissan Qashqai Credit: PA

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.