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"Nissan’s plant in Sunderland has been named the UK’s biggest car exporter for a fifth year running. Figures compiled by the SMMT show that the plant’s 2004 export total of 252,759 Micras, Almeras and Primeras was 44,500 units more than the second-largest manufacturer. This means that over 20% of cars exported from the UK during 2004 came from there. Later this year the three millionth export car will be made, destined for one of the 45 markets where they are sold. The Sunderland plant has also been the UK’s biggest car producer for the last five years and the most productive car plant in Europe for seven years. The plant is currently preparing to introduce three new models in just 16 months - the Micra C+C cabriolet this autumn, a mini-MPV next January, and a compact 4x4 crossover vehicle from December 2006. Annual production volume could increase to around 400,000 units by 2007. Last year the plant produced 319,652 vehicles, an average of around 90 cars an hour. Before the end of 2005, the plant is expected to build its four millionth vehicle since production began in 1986".

I got this info from Just-Auto. Nice 2 c a british manufacturer doing so well. With the emergence of low cost countries like India, China etc, Nissan obviously feel the efficiency of Nissan UK justifies new models. :2c:
 

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nissan in sunderland is just round the corner from where i live! it is renound for paying its staff excellent wages and lookin after everyone from the production line to its managers. not only is it good for the uk its good for the north east too!
 

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also literally round the corner from me :D

that place is truely huge :D, as dee said there renown'd for being highly payed and VERY hard working :D
 

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and its acctully in washington not sunderland, its just the front gates that are in sunderland :D
 

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i think youll find its wasington rd, in sunderland! i think its stops becoming washington over the railway lines! could be wrong but im almost certain!

its postcode starts with sr so has to be sunderland! i think! lol
 

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deelunn said:
its postcode starts with sr so has to be sunderland! i think! lol

lol, i alway's thought that with our postcode NE which i thought was North East or something but aparently it'a NEwcastle which totally messes things up :lol:

esp considering washington is in the City of sunderland :banghead:

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washington is liek a city of its own! lol washington (and i live there) is totally weird! i ttry to spend as little time in washington as possible! im sure they put stuff in the water there!
 

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Nice 2 c a british manufacturer doing so well.
Hhhmm. Considering virtually all major assemblies are shipped from abroad and then assembled in house it's stretching it a bit to even call the factory a manufacturer, never mind a British one, it being a jap based company with a majority shareholding owned by Renault. Nissan have been losing money hand over fist world wide recently (hence their vulnerability to a takeover from a pi55 ante little company like Renault) and the onlything keeping the plant in the UK, rather than France (where most Jap makers set up shop now) is the favourable government financial assistance which always seems stranglely lacking when MGR need it.

The press release laso failed to mention the dismal quality issues surrounding the K12 Micra assembled there and which might, ultimately, seal the plants fate.

The factory is owned by Nissan, the jap HQ brand, not NMGB, who are the 'importer' and sales middleman - an independantly owned concern.

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......but Datsun (Nissan's old name) started in car manufacturing by building the old Austin Seven under licence.

Maybe one of the daftest things we did was turning down ownership of VW,
following WW2. The British army ran it for awhile.
 

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Of course rumour are that BMW plans to start making 350 000 + MINI's a year soon. So Nissan may lose the title of "top exporter" anyway.
 

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talking of how companies started, i read a while ago in the 4car site that BMW started by rebadging the very first Austins (in ford model t era)
 

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who are you calling a mackem?! my birth certificate def says newcastle - infact it says princess mary newvastle so i think youll find that makes me a posh geordie (if thast even possible?!)
 

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deelunn said:
who are you calling a mackem?! my birth certificate def says newcastle - infact it says princess mary newvastle so i think youll find that makes me a posh geordie (if thast even possible?!)

see typical geordie, can't spell there home town :p
 

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yell tells me the factory is located

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, Washington Rd, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3LA

Nissan Distribution Services LtdCherry Blossom Way,Washington Rd, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3NT

Nissan Sports & Social ClubWashington Rd, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR5 3NS

which to me still says sunderland! as in the postcode! lol
 

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Diesel Dick said:
Nissan have been losing money hand over fist world wide recently (hence their vulnerability to a takeover from a pi55 ante little company like Renault) and the onlything keeping the plant in the UK, rather than France (where most Jap makers set up shop now) is the favourable government financial assistance which always seems stranglely lacking when MGR need it.

The press release laso failed to mention the dismal quality issues surrounding the K12 Micra assembled there and which might, ultimately, seal the plants fate.

DD
Nissan is now one of the most profitable car companies in the world: Renault did a brilliant job in turning it around for it nearly did a Mitsunhishi. The plant is hardly in jeopardy as they are adding a 4x4 to the mix and the subsidy was only a few million (plus it gave 200 jobs).

Curiously the UK is its only major market were there has been a sales decline: the new Primera hasn't sold well and the Micra seems to have got lost.

I'd agree that there is a ? over current car reliability compared to the past.
 
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