Nissan Sunderland plant to add 800 jobs

Japanese auto group Nissan is to create 800 jobs at its UK factory in response to demand for its new Qashqai model

A third production shift is to be added at the factory in Sunderland, which started building cars in 1986 and now makes four models. Half the new jobs will be full-time and the other 400 temporary.

Since its European launch last March, sales of the Qashqai have reached 130,000, leading to a 20 per cent increase in production at the plant.

The factory, which currently employs 4,200 workers, built a record 353,000 cars last year of its Qashqai, Note and two Micra models.

Business Minister Baroness Shriti Vadera said: "The success of the British-designed Qashqai and record production at the Sunderland plant last year shows that the UK remains a competitive location for the automotive industry.

"Across the UK, car production grew by 6 per cent in 2007 and we are now making nearly twice as many cars as 25 years ago."

Image: The Sunderland plant is adding a whole extra shift

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