Nissan smashes production record at Sunderland car plant

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NISSAN’S Washington car plant has smashed its monthly production record.

It made a ground-breaking 52,407 vehicles in October – the first time more than 50,000 units have been made in any calendar month.

The figure is 2,491 more than the previous best of 49,916, which was achieved in October last year.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s vice-president for manufacturing in the UK, said the surge was down to new model production and continued demand for its brand. He added: “The addition of the new Note and continued demand for our crossover models led to monthly production exceeding 50,000 cars for the first time in our 27-year history.

“I would like to thank and congratulate all of our staff on reaching this latest milestone as we prepare to launch the next generation Nissan Qashqai.”

Production in Washington includes the Qashqai, Juke, Nissan Note and the 100 per cent electric Leaf.

In 2012, the plant, which opened in 1986 and employs about 6,500 staff, set a UK production record by making more than 500,000 motors.

Of those, 105,834 were bought in the UK, smashing Nissan’s previous best of 96,269 in 2011.