Nissan is to invest another £22 million in its Sunderland factory so it can keep up with motorists' increasing demand for its Qashqai model, the Japanese manufacturer has announced.
The money will enable Nissan to increase the number of Qashqais that roll off the production line at the Wearside site.
Despite working round the clock and building a record number of Qashqais, Nissan says it is unable to keep up with the growth in demand for the compact crossover.
The company's senior vice president for manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management in Europe, Colin Lawther, says the increased production capacity will enable it to keep up with demand. Next year, he adds, will see the launch of a "refreshed" Qashqai that will be equipped with Piloted Drive technology.
The first of the additional vehicles are set to be produced by the end of this year.
Some 300,000 cars a year - the equivalent to one every couple of minutes - are built at Nissan's Sunderland plant, which employs over 6,800 workers and supports nearly 40,000 other jobs.
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