The Sunderland plant has played a key role in the success of the outgoing Micra, which began production back in 1992. The original Sunderland-built Micra was the first Japanese car to win the coveted European Car of the Year title in 1993, which has since sold over 1.3 million units across the continent.
Nissan’s operations in Sunderland began in 1984, with the first vehicle, the Nissan Bluebird, coming off the production line in 1986. Since then, the car plant has grown to become the UK’s largest, and has produced over 3 million vehicles to date. This year, it was recognised for the sixth consecutive year as the most productive car plant in Europe (Source: World Markets Research Centre).Published 29 November 2002