Nissan has celebrated a production milestone at its Sunderland facility in the UK, with the ten millionth vehicle rolling down the production line.
The plant has been in operation for 33 years, making it the fastest car factory in Britain to reach the ‘landmark figure’, averaging a rate of one car every two minutes since 1986.
Car number 10 million was a Nissan Qashqai finished in Vivid Blue, with the crossover nameplate the most produced model at the Sunderland facility – 3.4 million Qashqais have been produced there since the first generation launched in 2006.
Other Nissan models currently produced at the Sunderland plant include the Juke crossover and Leaf electric car, while previous nameplates include the Micra, Primera, Almera, Note, Bluebird, and Infiniti Q30.
When the factory opened in 1986, around 470 people were employed at the site. Now, there’s ‘about' 7000 people working at the plant.
“Building ten million vehicles is a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with the plant. Reaching this huge figure has called on all the ingenuity, commitment and spirit of our highly skilled workforce, many of who hail from the North East of England,” said Steve Marsh, Nissan Sunderland plant vice president.
“Together we are determined to continue to drive up the high quality standards our customers have come to expect over the last three decades.”
Nissan’s latest production milestone comes after the Juke reached 1 million units in Sunderland (above), becoming the fourth model to reach seven figures at the UK factory after the Qashqai, Micra and Primera.
Australia currently sources both the Qashqai and Juke from Sunderland.