Confidence in car makers

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UK car makers have set their sights on breaking all-time manufacturing records by the end of 2015.

According to figures announced ahead of today’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders International Automotive Summit, the industry could surpass the 1972 record of 1.92million produced.

The confidence is fuelled by multi-billion pound investments committed to the country during the past 18 months that will see production expanded, new models introduced and thousands of new jobs.

They include Nissan confirming production of an all-new hatchback model at its Sunderland plant from 2014, creating 225 jobs and 900 more in the supply chain. An all-new model, the Invitation, creating 2,000 new jobs, will add to the site’s success.

A spokesman said: “The popularity of the Nissan Qashqai and the Nissan Juke has meant our Sunderland Plant has achieved record production levels in each of the last two years, both of which were UK industry records.”