Nissan’s next new C-segment hatchback will be built at its Sunderland plant, near Washington. The car is due to be released in 2014, and increases the company’s investment in the UK massively, creating 225 jobs (to total 6225) at the factory as well as 900 in the supply chain by 2014.
Nissan’s £127m investment in the UK is being supported by £8.2m from the government’s regional growth fund, and comes on the back of the announcement the new Invitation will also be built here from 2013. Most impressively is that the addition of the invitation and the new hatchback (possibly a plug-in or hybrid version of the Leaf) means that total production in the North East will be up to 550,000 vehicles. This is excellent news for UK manufacturing, and adds to the 26-year history of the factory.
Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga said: ‘In Europe, Nissan has achieved record growth in recent years by providing innovative, customer-focused models like Qashqai and Juke that are designed, developed and produced within the region.’ Vice president of Nissan manufacturing in the UK Kevin Fitzpatrick added: ‘A vote of confidence in UK’