Nissan’s Sunderland plant is looking for 800 new employees in order to cope with demand for its Qashqai vehicle, the company has announced.
The Qashqai went into production last year and is a five-door SUV available in both four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive variants with either a manual five-speed gearbox or six-speed automatic system.
Since it hit the market in March 2007, the Japanese manufacturer states that they have sold 130,000 of the vehicle and a third production shift has been called for in response.
The Sunderland facility last year manufactured some 353,000 Nissans in total in order to make it the UK’s largest exporter and producer of automobiles.
Opened in 1986, the plant is expected to roll out approximately 400,000 new vehicles this year.
The site was originally announced as a means of overcoming the cost of the delivery and export tariffs to people who wanted Nissan cars in Europe.