Nissan’s Sunderland plant builds 10 millionth car: A Qashqai

Nissan’s plant in the UK, in the north east city of Sunderland, has produced its 10 millionth vehicle: a vivid blue Qashqai crossover.


The factory opened in 1986 and began producing the Bluebird range. It is the fastest plant in the UK to reach the 10 million car milestone.

Nissan says if all 10 million cars were parked end to end they could go around the Earth’s equator (42,000km / 26,100mi) with cars to spare.

Production figures

  • Qashqai (2006-now): 3,416,472
  • Micra (1992-2010): 2,368,704
  • Primera (1990-2007): 1,483,059
  • Juke (2010-now): 1,053,178
  • Almera (2000-2006): 642,420
  • Note (2006-2016): 676,438
  • Leaf (2010-now): 141,517
  • Bluebird (1986-1990): 187,178
  • Infiniti Q30 (2015-2019): 76,166


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Joshua Thompson

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News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.


Nissan’s Sunderland plant builds 10 millionth car: A Qashqai