Nissan's Sunderland workforce to hit 7,000

A new Nissan model will come off the production line today, which has helped create 500 new jobs at the Japanese car giant's UK plant in Sunderland.

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Productivity down at Nissan plant

Productivity is down slightly at the Japanese owned plant in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Productivity at the Nissan car factory on Wearside fell last year by 1.7%.

The figures come a day after the new Qashqai started coming off the production line.

The introduction of new models like this has led to a temporary downturn, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers.

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New Qashqai is due to be unveiled

New Nissan Qashqai Credit: ITV

Nissan will, any moment, unveil the model which has helped create 500 jobs at the Japanese car giant's UK plant in the coming months.

The second generation Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, where the workforce is set to increase to over 7,000 for the first time.

Vince Cable on Nissan success

Business Secretary Vince Cable has commented on the success of Nissan's Sunderland plant saying he welcomes their contribution to the economy.

"The British car industry is thriving - car exports last year brought in #30 billion for our economy - and I welcome Nissan's contribution in delivering this success.

"We want to build on this. That is why we are working together with business to give companies like Nissan the confidence to invest, delivering skilled jobs, driving growth and building a stronger economy."

– Business Secretary Vince Cable

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New Qashqai due from Sunderland Nissan plant

Sunderland workers seen assembling the Qashqai. Credit: PA

A new Nissan model will come off the production line today, which has helped create 500 new jobs at the Japanese car giant's UK plant in the coming months.

The second generation Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, where the workforce is set to increase to over 7,000 for the first time.

Around 286,000 Qashqai cars were built last year, with production numbers expected to be similar in 2014.

The car is Nissan's best-selling model in Europe.

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