A strong case could be made for no foreign car maker having backed the UK automotive industry as strongly or over a longer period of time as Nissan has.

Not only does it have the mighty Sunderland plant, the annual output of which has regularly passed half a million cars, but also the Cranfield engineering centre and the Paddington design studio where many of its global hits, like the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke, have originated. 

Nissan's commitment to the UK goes back decades (next February, it will be 40 years since the deal was signed to create the Sunderland plant), and it's a commitment that will run for many years yet, with future electric car production already secured and Nissan involved in the creation of a battery factory to help supply these cars.

But it's not only EVs that Nissan is investing in in the UK: alongside the Nissan Leaf, the Qashqai and Juke are produced, typically among the very best selling models in the UK and solely ICE-powered, save for a bit of hybrid assistance.