Long before Nissan arrived cars were manufactured on Wearside. Andrew Poddie of Sunderland, a cycle manufacturer (he is believed to have invented the modern 'V' frame for bicycles), made a short excursion into the car field around 1900. Like many early car makers he was a universal workshop-mechanic, he even cast his own cylinder blocks in Sunderland. Another Sunderland cycle-maker, W. Armstrong of Vine Place, seems to have made some French cars (possibly themselves of Benz design) under licence between 1902 and 1904. I haven't been able to find any pictures of their vehicles.