Tucked away at the end of a recent press release regarding the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and the rather excellent news that it will be making it’s racing return in 2016 to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship were a set of rather amazing facts about the current state of Nissan. I must admit that away from the interest generated by Nissan’s ambitious return to the top table of endurance racing at Le Mans this year, there have historically been very few models of Nissan that could be considered truly exciting to own and drive.
Nissan however, have finally decided that the time is right to remind us of some of their truly staggering achievements. It can’t only be MotorMartin though that is surprised that they did this by attaching the following information onto the end of the NISMO release.
About Nissan in the UK
1. Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.
2. Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012.
3. Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than eight million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 100 markets worldwide.
4. Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.5 billion.
5. 500,238 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2014.
6. In 2014, one in three cars built in the UK was a Nissan.
7. Sunderland Plant currently employs more than 6,700 people.
8. Nissan’s European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 65 people.
9. Nissan’s European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 1,000 people.
10. Nissan’s sales and marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire employs around 190 people.
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,600 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last financial year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 675,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, small cars, SUVs, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle with 96% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers a strong line-up of 23 diverse and innovative models in Europe under the Nissan and Datsun brands.
Now come on Nissan, be proud of your achievements. A bit more noise is surely warranted about such success!
Where will you go?