Sunderland Nissan helps boosts UK auto industry

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The success of Sunderland’s Nissan plant helped British car manufacturing enjoy its busiest month in more than a decade in March.

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show output nationally increasing by 9.8% to 159,074 vehicles.

Nissan built 43,673 cars at Sunderland last month, up from 43,499 in 2015.

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said the future was bright for the industry: “UK car plants were at their busiest for 12 years in March, with a vehicle rolling off production lines every 16 seconds, thanks to heightened international demand.

“Much will depend on economic and political conditions in key markets but, with several brand new global models starting production here in the first quarter alone, the prospects for future growth look bright.”

Nissan built 127,318 cars in Sunderland in the first three months of 2016, up from 125,850 last year.

The firm clocked up 710,321 sales in Europe in the last financial year.