UK: Nissan’s Sunderland Plant made 480,485 vehicles in 2011  – record image

Nissan UK, on Wednesday said its UK Sunderland plant produced 480,485 vehicles — up 14% from 2010 and a new record for a single UK car plant.

Demand for the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke meant the plant exceeded that previous record on November 16. November itself was a record month for the plant with 46,606 vehicles made – the highest monthly total in the plant’s history.

Nissan’s vice president for production in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, said that the company had managed to limit disruption from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami by cancelling some overtime work, extending the Easter holidays and shortening the Christmas break.

Additionally, extra staff were hired at the plant to help meet the customer demand which led to Nissan achieving an all-time record European market share of 4.2% in September.

In addition, the company said that Other milestones reached in 2011 at Nissan Sunderland Plant included the production of the plant’s six millionth vehicle in January, then in June Nissan’s Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced that the next generation of the Nissan Qashqai would be designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK