Best of British
From ultimate luxury to the world’s most decorated car, join us as we celebrate the engineering majesty of the UK
Posted: 05 Jul 2012
After decimating Britain's car industry back in the Seventies - by sneakily making cheaper and more reliable cars, the underhand cads - Japan's now our best buddy. Honda and Toyota recently announced the expansion of their UK-based factories, but both are dwarfed by the runaway success of Nissan's Sunderland operation. Established in 1986, last year it built just short of half a million cars, the largest volume ever from a UK car plant. And Sunderland's getting bigger still: it recently won the contract to build Nissan's upcoming Fiesta and Focus rivals, taking the workforce past 6,000 and investment in the plant past £3.5 billion. "Nissan doesn't only build cars in the UK," says Nissan VP Kevin Fitzpatrick. "We design them in Paddington, engineer them in Bedfordshire and produce them in Sunderland..."