20th June 2019

20th June 2019

20th June 2019

  • The Nissan Sunderland Plant becomes the fastest UK site to reach this huge milestone.
  • On average, the plant has built a Nissan car every two minutes since production started.
  • If all the 10 million cars made were parked bumper to bumper, they would stretch around the width of the globe at a length of 42,000 km!
10 millionth car at Nissan Sunderland Plant being produced
10 millionth car at Nissan Sunderland Plant being produced
(The 10 millionth Nissan Qashqai Tekna rolls through the Sunderland plant)

Nissan Sunderland Plant is celebrating another record-breaking milestone as the ten millionth vehicle rolls off the production line.

It’s taken the plant 33 years to reach the ten million mark, making it the fastest car factory in the UK to hit this landmark figure. It also means that, on average, a new car has been built in Sunderland every two minutes since production started at the Nissan plant in 1986. Impressive!

Vice president of the Nissan Sunderland Plant, Steve Marsh is particularly happy with this milestone:

“Building ten million vehicles is a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with the plant. Reaching this huge figure has called on all the ingenuity, commitment and spirit of our highly skilled workforce, many of who hail from the North East of England.

Together we are determined to continue to drive up the high quality standards our customers have come to expect over the last three decades.”

The ten millionth car built at the plant was a Vivid Blue Nissan Qashqai Tekna, complete with Nissan’s driver-assistance ProPILOT technology, which controls the steering, acceleration and braking while driving.

This pioneering crossover vehicle is also the most produced model at the plant, contributing more than 3.4 million to the overall amount. The Nissan Micra is the second most produced car at the plant, with close to 2.4 million being built in Sunderland alone.

The Qashqai is one of nine main Nissan models to be built at the plant since the first Bluebird was built in 1986; it’s one of three models currently manufactured at the plant, alongside the all-electric Nissan LEAF and the urban statement Nissan Juke.

The Nissan Sunderland Plant was built on the site of a former airfield, with the ground-breaking ceremony taking place in July 1984. The first Bluebird rolled off the line two years later in 1986, and production for the first year was 5,139. The total workforce at that time was 470, compared to about 7,000 today, so you can see how our expertise, efficiency and production has taken off since!

Congratulations Nissan Sunderland Plant! Keep up the excellent work!