The Nissan car manufacturer had a record-breaking level of production in 2010, with a staggering over 400.000 cars built at the Sunderland plant.
“We are immensely proud of the progress and performance of the Nissan plant and its outstanding workforce over the last five years”, said the Leader of the Sunderland City Council, Paul Watson.
Being home of the popular Qashqai model, the Sunderland auto plant managed to build around 423.000 cars last year, and it will soon begin production of the new electric Leaf.
According to the car manufacturer, more than a million Nissan Qashqai have been built in Sunderland since 2006, being the most successful British-built cars ever.
The Nissan Qashqai is also the ninth best-selling car of the year, with around 20.000 units sold in the United Kingdom.
The Nissan Sunderland plant was opened in 1986 and more than 12.000 jobs have been created in the automotive sector of the city.