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Brief history of Nissan's UK car plant

  • Nissan built the Sunderland plant in 1984 and production began in 1986, with total investment set to reach £3.5 billion.
  • More than 6.5 million cars have been built at the factory, with 80% of production exported to 97 world markets.
  • It has been the UK's largest car manufacturer since 1998
  • In 2010 Sunderland became the first UK car plant to produce more than 400,000 models in a single year when 423,000 Qashqais, Notes and Jukes rolled off the line.
  • The record was beaten last year when 480,000 cars were produced, and Nissan said the plant was preparing to pass the half-million mark for the first time.