The UK's most productive and long-standing car factory - Nissan's plant in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear - has reintroduced its third daily working shift just over a year after it was axed, blaming
cutbacks on the credit crunch. Nissan announced, in late January, that the line producing the Qashqai MPV would return to three-shift, around the clock working to cope with demand for what has
become Nissan's best-selling car. The shifts rose from two to three in June 2008, but was brought back to two just seven months later as a result of the credit crunch. If you are interested to
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Now, at least on the line which produces the Qashqai will be returning to three shift. The Qashqai is Nissan's most popular model in Europe for the 2009 financial year (which ended on March 31), with sales around the 200,000 mark. Based on the assumption that demand will continue at a similar rate in the first half of the 2010 financial year, the night shift has been re-introduced in May to cope with it. The Sunderland factory was recently confirmed as being the most productive in the UK for the 12th year running.
Nissan also announced that, during February, it would be looking to create 400 fixed-term manufacturing posts at Sunderland and that it would retain 160 temporary staff who already work there. It is being emphasised that the third shift is temporary, and its duration will be dictated by the market, but Nissan expects that it should continue for about six months.
In a busy period for the car-maker, Nissan's new 'global cult car', the Cube, also went on sale in the UK in January. A highly distinctive city runaround, it has been on sale in Japan since 1998, but has undergone two complete revisions, and the latest version is the first one to go on sale outside its homeland since then, as well as the first right-hand drive variant. It has much to live up to, however, as more than one million of the first two versions were sold, and the car's design was named one of the '50 cars that changed the world' by the London Design Museum.
The Cube is available as a 1.6-litre with manual or with CVT automatic transmissions. Sitting on the same chassis as the Nissan Note, it nonetheless looks substantially different from anything Nissan has unleashed on the UK before.
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