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Staff smash production record at Sunderland car plant

By Tom Wilkinson

British car workers have made the two millionth Nissan Qashqai and broken a production record.

The Sunderland plant has reached the milestone in less than eight years of making the popular crossover car, quicker than any other make and model in the history of UK car manufacturing.

Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe, said: "The Qashqai is helping Nissan to go from strength to strength in Europe.

"Two million customers can't be wrong. This is further evidence of their trust in our brand.

"We want to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and I congratulate all my colleagues in Sunderland for reaching this latest milestone."

The two millionth Qashqai to roll off the production line was a magnetic red model in the new n-tec grade, which is destined for the UK market.

Nissan has invested £534m in the design, development and production of Qashqai in the UK, supporting more than 11,000 British jobs.

Of the Qashqais made in Sunderland, 85% have been exported.

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