Ad provided by Google

Nissan announces that cars and components such as engines and gearbox parts are being churned out by Nissan's Sunderland plant at record pace.

Nissan's record breaking news

In 2011, the plant's 25th anniversary year, a total of 480,485 vehicles rolled off the production line, a new UK record for a single plant and dwarfing the 2010 total of 423,262 vehicles.

This year has been the first in which the Sunderland plant has embarked on 24-hour production of the Nissan Qashqai and Qashqai+2 models and was also the first full year of Juke production.

The number of jobs at Nissan Sunderland Plant also reached an all-time high with 5,462 people directly employed on site.

Nissan's vice president for manufacturing in the UK Kevin Fitzpatrick said: "Our 25th anniversary year will go down in UK car production history and all our staff can be proud of the many milestones we have passed.

"Our 26th year promises to be equally exciting, as we launch the new Battery Plant at Sunderland and prepare the plant for production of the 100 per cent Nissan LEAF alongside the Qashqai, Juke and Note.