Sunderland Nissan factory on target for another record-breaking year

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NISSAN’S Wearside plant is producing cars at such a rate it could eclipse the record set last year.

So far this year, the factory has made 237,533 vehicles, which is 30,000 more than this time in 2010.

The factory managed to produce 423,000 cars in 2010, more than any other plant, but with sales of the new Juke, pictured, increasing this record could be broken.

Juke replaced the Micra, of which two million had been produced, and Nissan has attributed a 14 per cent rise in production to this new line.

A Nissan spokesman said: “Juke is proving to be a very popular car and has so far been a great success.

“We have seen a rise of 14 per cent in production this year and the Juke is definitely contributing to these good results.

“We also recently celebrated the sale of our one millionth Qashqai and that is proving to be one of the most popular cars of all time.

“However, we are not taking anything for granted as the record is definitely not broken yet.”

Car sales in Russia for the Japanese company are also contributing a huge amount to their success and it is now their biggest market in Europe.

Despite the effects of the Japanese earthquake the company has achieved global records for both production and sales.

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