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Sunderland car plant to operate around the clock

Nissan said the new hatchback, which will be named closer to its sales launch, will play a major role in the company's continued expansion.

Around 80,000 of the new hatchback model will be built annually, triggering the need for the Sunderland plant to launch an additional shift.

Nissan technicians prepare doors for the Qashqai car at the company's plant in Sunderland Credit: Reuters

This will see both the factory's production lines operating around the clock for the first time in the plant's 26-year history, a move which will take manufacturing capacity beyond 550,000 units.