05 January 2012

Nissan Sunderland's Record Year: 2011

Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows I'm a fan of Nissan's Sunderland plant. It produces cars to a high standard and is constantly increasing volumes of vehicles coming off its assembly lines. Over the years it has made the Primera, Micra, Almera, Note, Qashqai and Juke. Next will be the electric Leaf model for 2013.

For the year 2011 just completed, 480,485 cars rolled out of the Sunderland plant. Production figures as below:

Qashqai 244,298
Qashqai+2 56,979
Total Qashqai 301,277
Juke 132,606
Note 46,602

I'm wondering if this is a record for one car plant in the UK. Perhaps any train spotters among the readers could clarify that one please.

The reason for the success is the high quality assembly quality, favourable exchange rates and trend setting products (Qashqai and Juke designed in the UK).

Even with a record production figure in 2011, inventories are low as the plant struggles to meet demand. Even my brother in Australia has just taken delivery of a new Sunderland made Qashqai (Dualis down there) a week ago, so they are exported far and wide.

All this in region of the UK that is regarded as economically depressed. The effect on the local area is huge, which is why I appreciate what Nissan has done by locating there.

For source article, copy and paste:
or http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16408511

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