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Milestone as 10 millionth Nissan is built in UK

10 millionth Nissan built at Sunderland

Nissan Sunderland Plant is celebrating after the 10 millionth vehicle rolled off its UK production line this week.

It has taken 33 years to reach the landmark, and on average, a new car has been built in Sunderland every two minutes since production started in 1986.

And, if all the 10 million cars were parked nose to tail they would stretch for more than 42,000km – which is enough to stretch around the globe with a few to spare.

Steve Marsh, Nissan Sunderland Plant Vice President, Manufacturing, said: “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.

“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 Note, Sunderland plant 2013

The ten millionth car was a Vivid Blue Nissan Qashqai Tekna, complete with ProPILOT technology, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising.

The pioneering crossover is also the most produced model at the plant, contributing more than 3.4 million to the overall figure. Micra is the second most produced car, with close to 2.4 million being built in Sunderland.

Qashqai is one of nine main models to be built at the plant since the first Bluebird was built in 1986 and it is one of three currently made at the plant, alongside the all-electric LEAF and Juke.

One millionth Juke built at Nissan Sunderland Plant

Last year production of Juke passed one million, with Primera the only other model to hit seven figures at just under 1.5 million.

Nissan Sunderland Plant was built on the site of a former airfield, with a ground breaking ceremony taking place in July 1984.

The first Bluebird rolled off the line two years later in 1986, and production for the first year was 5,139. The total workforce at that time was 470, compared to about 7,000 today.

TOTAL PRODUCTION BY VEHICLE (sorted by volume at end of May 2019)

Model First produced Last produced Total made
Qashqai 2006 Ongoing 3,416,472
Micra 1992 2010 2,368,704
Primera 1990 2007 1,483,059
Juke 2010 Ongoing 1,053,178
Almera 2000 2006 642,420
Note 2006 2016 676,438
LEAF 2010 Ongoing 141,517
Bluebird 1986 1990 187,178
Infiniti Q30 2015 2019 76,166


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