CAR manufacturer Nissan has awarded 180 temporary workers with permanent contracts at its Washington plant on the back of the success of its latest model.
The manufacturing staff will be offered full-time jobs to meet the demand of the new Qashqai model which was launched last March and has already sold more than 70,000 units in Europe.
The announcement comes two months after the firm invested £2.4m into its Wearside plant to boost the production of the new model by 20%.
Nissan personnel director Danny Griffiths said: “Typically we retain a certain number of staff on fixed-term contract to give us a degree of operational flexibility and allow us to match production to market demand.
“Qashqai’s continuing strong performance across all major markets puts us in the welcome position of being able to offer a significant number of these temporary employees a permanent contract at the plant.
“We will continue to review our staffing requirement on an ongoing basis and look to offer further permanent contracts as the business grows.”
The Qashqai, which is a crossover between a hatchback and a sport utility vehicle, has proved popular across the globe and has helped its Japanese creators attract a significant amount of first-time Nissan buyers.
At the Sunderland plant over 100,000 units have already been manufactured with around 850 Qashqais roll off the production line everyday.