Nissan has confirmed that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at its Sunderland plant in Washington. The good news means that the factory, one of Europe’s most productive, will remain at the heart of the company’s European operations.
The decision follows the UK Government’s commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant, which builds more than half a million cars per year, remains competitive when the country leaves the European Union. As a result, Nissan will increase its investment in Sunderland, securing and sustaining the jobs of more than 7000 workers at the plant.
Nissan’s Sunderland plant opened in 1986 and has produced almost nine million cars since. One in three British cars are produced in Sunderland, which is the UK’s largest car plant of all time, and 80 per cent of the plant’s output is exported to over 130 international markets. More than two million Qashqais have been built in Sunderland in less than 10 years.
‘I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland. Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day,’ said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan.
‘The support and assurances of the UK Government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.’