Sunderland Celebrates With Royal Visitors
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially crossed Sunderland's new Northern Spire bridge. Their Royal Highnesses were driven over the bridge in a locally made 100% electric new Nissan Leaf. The Duke and Duchess were visiting Sunderland to showcase the city's engineering talent and vibrant arts scene.
This included visiting the Northern Spire, a new bridge over the River Wear which will bring major economic and regeneration benefits to Sunderland. The new Leaf is manufactured at Nissan Sunderland Plant, within sight of the new bridge. The factory opened in 1986 and also makes the Qashqai, Juke, Q30 and QX30.
About Nissan in the UK
- Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan Leaf
- Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
- Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
- Total investment made and announced since then is over £4 billion
- 507,436 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2016
- Employment in Nissan's UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
- A further 28,000 jokes in Nissan's UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000
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